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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 just 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 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.

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