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Special Exhibit

Spiders Alive!

Through Sunday, November 29, 2015


This stunning Mexican red knee tarantula lives mainly on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spiders’ anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live spiders representing approximately 20 species—including the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world; the western black widow; and the fishing spider—the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close.

Visitors will also be able to learn about spiders’ key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders.

Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

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