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Remains of rove beetle

Books say spiders don't eat solids but "suck the juices" of their prey. False! All spiders digest solids externally with vomited enzymes.

Rough-Skinned Newt

Rough-Skinned Newts will display a bright colored underside when threatened.

Cartoon by Owen Curtsinger showing a concerned commuter 3 feet from a spider

Despite "common knowledge," the nearest spider could be hundreds of meters away—or right under your feet. It depends!

Cartoon by Owen Curtsinger of spider taking it easy in the summer

In late summer when people notice garden orbweavers and giant house spiders, most native spiders are juvenile.

Rhyacotriton olympicus

Olympic Torrent Salamanders can be found in spray zones of waterfalls and will come onto land on really wet nights.

Illustration of dictyna sublata female and male.

It's easy to tell males from females, so please don't call all spiders "he" or "him."

Cascade Torrent Salamander.

Cascade Torrent Salamanders are found from the Columbia River Gorge to north of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.

Spider fangs

Spiders very rarely bite humans, but that isn't because their fangs are too small; most could bite if they tried.

Western Redback Salamander

Western Redback Salamanders are found up to 1,250 feet in elevation, higher than any other species in this family.

Daddy long legs illustration

"Daddy-longlegs" means harvestman (not a spider), crane fly (an insect) or pholcid spider, depending on who's talking! So it's really meaningless.

Orb web

Orb (spiral) spider webs are neither the most common type nor the "normal" or standard type of web.

VanDyke Salamander_Plethodon vandykei

The color differences in Van Dyke's Salamander might be associated to different levels of elevation and temperature.

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