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Oregon Spotted Frog

The Oregon Spotted Frog is currently very threatened in Washington state, and have disappeared from 70-90% of their range.

Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog populations were once widespread throughout the Northern U.S. and Canada, but current population is decreasing.

Columbia Spotted Frog

Thought to hibernate in mud under water, there has been evidence that Columbia Spotted Frog actually move around under the ice in winter.

Large Osage orange fruit

Various natural plant products are alleged to repel spiders. There is no evidence that spiders can even smell them.

Green Frog

The Green Frog has been introduced into two areas in Washington State; Toad Lake in Whatcom County and Lake Gillette in Stevens County.

Leucauge

Very widespread and persistent legends of spider eggs hatching under human skin, contradict all we know of spider behavior and abilities.

Bananas on plant

Contrary to urban legend, spiders are not able to lay their eggs inside the skins of ripe banana fruit.

American Bullfrog

American Bullfrogs are an introduced species in Washington State, originally found only to the east of the Rocky Mountains.

Cascades Frog

Cascade Frogs hibernate during winter and have been found up to one foot below water buried in mud.

Leucauge

In a 20th century legend, spider eggs hatched inside a bouffant hair-do. Not consistent with known spider behavior.

Western Black Widows, Latrodectus hesperus.

Do female black widows always kill and eat their mates? In most species that has never been seen in the wild, just in cages.

Northern Red-Legged Frog

Northern Red-legged Frogs can be found primarily west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state.

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