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Pink toe tarantula

Theraphosid "tarantula" spiders are big and spectacular but not particularly dangerous. Very few pose even a mild bite hazard.


Practically all spiders have venom; none that I know of are poisonous (to eat). "Is it poisonous?" or "Is it venomous" has no meaning.


Real spider fang punctures in human skin are hardly ever visible to the naked eye. If you have two visible marks, that doesn't mean a spider bite!


House spiders could not survive without insect prey. Therefore, your house contains insects even if you see only spiders.


Everyone seems to believe spider bites cause all mystery skin sores, bumps & punctures. Nearly all have other causes.

Macrothele calpeiana

About 20 lesser-known spider myths, featuring jumping tarantulas, poisonous spider urine, ten-legged spiders, and more.

Pygmy Short-horned Lizard

Horned lizards are rather toad-like in appearance, hence their Latin name “Phrynosoma” meaning “toad body."

Western Skink on a rock

Western Skinks tend to live near water in dry open forests, shrub-steppe, and grassland.

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, a new segment is added to their rattle.

Pacific Gopher Snake

Pacific gopher snake eggs are some of the largest eggs of any snake found in the United States.

Striped Whipsnake

Striped Whipsnakes occur in specific parts of the western United States and northern Mexico.

California Mountain Kingsnake

The entire length of a California Mountain Kingsnake's body consists of repeating bands of red, black and white.


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