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Horned lizard sitting on a rock.

Though the lizards may seem like a portal to a bygone era, their habitat and survival faces serious threats today.

Southern Alligator Lizard

Southern alligator lizards are large, rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Northern alligator lizard

Northern alligator lizards are small to medium-sized rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Sticky trap with spiders

Spiders seldom need controlling and pesticides are not the best way to do so. Sticky traps or better yet, physical exclusion work best.

Portrait of Maggie Dutch

WA State Dept. of Ecology scientist Maggie Dutch partners with the Burke’s Puget Sound Foram Research Lab to study Puget Sound.

Leucauge

Spider bite cases resulting in amputation are sometimes reported, but no such case has confirmation of actual spider involvement.

Leucauge

Several studies show that only in rare cases do spider fangs carry lesion-causing microorganisms. Antibiotics help only if it's not a bite.

Leucauge

Few if any physicians can correctly ID spiders from bite symptoms alone. Spiders caught biting should be ID'd by arachnologists.

Brandon Peecook

Graduate Student Brandon Peecook and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Christian Sidor described Washington’s first dinosaur fossil in May 2015.

White-tailed spider

Inadequate studies claimed that wolf spiders, "yellow" sac spiders, woodlouse spiders and white-tailed spiders were dangerous. They aren't!

Portrait of Gene Tagaban

Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino storyteller, Gene Tagaban, aka “One Crazy Raven,” helped the Burke celebrate the Seahawks' trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

Hobo spider

Hobo spiders are neither aggressive nor are they true house spiders; the inflammatory name "agressive house spider" is a reject.

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