A lot of research went into doing this spider...apparently tarantulas come in different sizes and colors. The client whom was 7 yrs old pick the Mexican Red Knee Tarantula out for his birthday cake. The legs are made and shaped out of homemade chocolate biscotti dough the body is made out of 6" & 8" oval red velvet cake... the client wanted it to look red inside for the internal "body parts" look. The fangs are made out of Tootsie rolls and the grass in which the spider is nesting is made out of sliced and baked tortilla shells and hand painted with green luster dust drizzle. The ants are fake plastics ones as I ran out of time to create them myself. The orange came out a little brighter than I wanted it too, so have to wait to the next one to perfect this cake and its colors. TFL!