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Special Exhibit

Spiders Alive!

Through Sunday, November 2, 2014

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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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