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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.


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.


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!


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