Spiders Alive! Extended Through Sunday, January 6

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Intrigued by arachnids? There is more time to visit the Museum's Spiders Alive!; the exhibition will now remain open through the holidays, until Sunday, January 6.

Earlier this fall, we asked the exhibit's spider handlers for some of the most interesting visitor-questions inspired by the live spiders in the show, and posed them to our in-house spider expert: Museum Curator Norman Platnick. In this video, Dr. Platnick provides some fascinating answers, to questions including: 

Do spiders have blood? Why don't they stick to their own webs? Is it better to be bitten by a black widow or a brown recluse? 

Spiders Alive! immerses visitors in the fascinating and complex world of spiders, among the most versatile animals on the planet: they inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. Live spiders in the exhibition include the goliath bird eater, the black widow, and species from other arachnid orders such as African whip spiders.

For more information on the Spiders Alive! exhibition, which closes Sunday, January 6, 2013, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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