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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 above its burrow
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. 

A Mexican redknee tarantula on a rock background.
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.