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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 Salamanders might be associated with 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 Salamanders 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.

Dunn's Salamanders are 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

Coast Giant Salamanders are only found in the Pacific Northwest, most commonly near clear, cold mountain streams next to forests.

Cope's Giant Salamander

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

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