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Western Racer

There are many subspecies of racers, each of which have very different ranges.

Great Basin Spadefoot

The Great Basin Spadefoot can emit a smell when picked up that is similar to peanuts that can also make you sneeze!

Oregon Spotted Frog

The Oregon Spotted Frog is currently very threatened in Washington state, having 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 populations are decreasing.

Columbia Spotted Frog

Thought to hibernate in mud under water, there is evidence that Columbia Spotted Frogs 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 StateToad 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

Cascades Frogs prefer quiet water sources including ponds, lakes, marshes or slow moving streams at low elevations.

Leucauge

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

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