October 4–5: Creepy Crawlers at the Museum

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Start your Halloween celebrations early with the Spiders Alive! exhibition, which closes in just one month. Here are a few live spiders you'll see in the show that may just change the way you think about these creepy crawlers.

Trapdoor spider (Liphistius dangrek)

These spiders spend most of their time in underground burrows, emerging mainly to grab prey. Their rear half is segmented, a trait visible in some of the earliest spider fossils.

© AMNH\R. Mickens


Trapdoor spiders native to Eastern Thailand often live in burrows in the forest floor or on the banks of streams. Some of the anatomical details that they retain can appear in 300 million year old fossils. 

Wolf Spider Gif

Wolf spiders don't rely on webs, instead they hunt for food on foot. 


Wolf spiders are active hunters and search for food on foot. They rely on their sharp vision and ability to sense vibrations, like the beating wing of an insect or the patter of steps on soil. 

Mexican red knee (Brachypelma smithi)

This stunning tarantula, which lives mainly on the Pacific coast of Mexico, resides in burrows, hurrying out to prey on insects, small frogs, lizards, and mice.

© AMNH\R. Mickens


Mexican Red Knee tarantulas prey on insects, small frogs, lizards, and mice. When threatened they can use their hind legs to cast tiny hair from their abdomens. Covered in sharp barbs, the hairs irritate the skin, eyes, and nose of predators like mice and rats. 

Regal Jumping Spider

Regal jumping spiders rely on their eyes to hunt and find mates.

AMNH/D. Finnin


Regal jumping spiders are the largest jumping spiders in North America. They are active hunters with excellent eyesight and cat-like jumping ability. In the event that a spider misjudges its jump, it can release a silken line to break the fall.

Buy tickets and learn more about the exhibition here.