Spiders

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Camel Spider's Fierce Jaw Is Focus of New Creepy Crawly 'Dictionary'
Galeodes arachnid close up.
June 29th, 2015
Some of the most ferocious jaws in the animal kingdom belong to a creature that's rather small and quite misunderstood.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Arachnids? 'Spider Rain' Explained
Spider suspended against a blue sky.
May 15th, 2015
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were covered with the creepy critters and mounds of their silky threads.
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Tarantulas Have 2 Left Feet When It's Hot
Tarantula spider
April 1st, 2015
The tarantula is a fast-moving spider, but it's not always a coordinated one, a new study finds. As the arachnid increases its speed, it also loses some of its coordination, becoming a "little wonky," researchers said.
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Black Widows' Bad Rap: 4 Misconceptions About the Spider
A black spider crawls across a hand.
May 29th, 2015
One woman's snack break turned sour this week when she reached into a bag of grapes and felt the bite of a venomous black widow spider. But black widows aren't as horrifying as you might think.
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Kermit the Frog Look-Alike Among 5 New Species Uncovered
costa rican frog
May 1st, 2015
The planet is crawling with critters, but scientists are meeting some of them only just now.
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Why Black Widow Spider Venom Is So Potent
A female black widow spider, spiders, spider bites, venom
January 6th, 2015
Black widow spiders have rapidly evolved super lethal venom, such that the spiders are now building stronger webs to handle ever-bigger prey.
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'Purring' Wolf Spiders Softly Serenade Mates
Male wolf spider
May 28th, 2015
Male wolf spiders use "purring" vibrations to serenade their sweethearts, but this wooing only works if the females can feel these vibrations, new research finds.
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A Few of the Amazing Spiders I've Met (Photos)
Cameroon Red Tarantula
April 10th, 2015
If spiders make your hair crawl, what do you think about hairy spiders?
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