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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.

Crab spider, Misumena vatia

All spiders make silk but only about half make a web (silk structure to catch prey); others hunt or wait for prey.

Larch Mountain Salamander

Larch Mountain Salamander are found in southern Washington in the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia river gorge area up to Snoqualmie pass.

Pseudoscorpion Illustration

All arachnids, not just spiders, have four pairs of legs.

Scorpion illustration

"Arachnid" doesn't just mean spider. The 11 arachnid orders include scorpions, ticks, etc.; spiders are just 1 order of class Arachnida.

Holding Dunn's Salamander.

The Dunn's Salamander is most often found under rocks in wet shaded areas on the edges of streams in forests.

orange and brown Ensatina salamander

Ensatina Salamanders are found west of the Cascade Mountains to the coast in Washington state.

Coast Giant Salamander

The coast giant salamanders are only found in the Pacific Northwest, most commonly near clear, cold mountain streams next to forests.

Placeholder image for Cope's Giant Salamander

Cope's Giant Salamanders usually mature and reproduce in the almost entirely in their aquatic form without metamorphosing into terrestrial adults.

Tiger Salamander

It can often be difficult to find Tiger Salamanders because they spend most of their time buried (up to two feet!) in the ground.

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