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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.


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.


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.


If spiders drink from mouths or eyes of sleeping humans, there is no physical or eyewitness evidence of it.


Do you swallow live spiders in your sleep? There's no evidence of it — no specimens, no eyewitness accounts, nothing!

diagram of lungs

The recent idea that spiders "hold their breaths" to escape pesticide is not supported by research. The lung slits can't close completely.

Map of Sadiya

A worldwide 2012 news report claimed "swarms" of deadly spiders suddenly invaded an Indian village. The scare started with 2 snake bites.


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