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Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming

Some female green sea turtles have been observed digging a fake nest next to their real nest in order to deceive predators!

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Although they are one of the smallest sea turtles, olive ridleys can weigh up to 100 pounds.

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Snapping turtles are an introduced species in some western states, including Washington state.

Painted turtle

As many as 50 painted turtles have been seen basking on a single log!

Western Pond Turtle

Western pond turtles cannot swallow food in air, only in water.

Leatherback sea turtle on the beach

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest living reptile in the world!

Shamrock spiders

No, you don't identify spiders by "markings." Color patterns are variable within same species, similar between different species.

Spider illustration

Are spiders insects? No, they're arachnids, as different from insects as birds are from fish!

Leucauge

Additional information and links relating to Spider Myths. 

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Cortinarius parkeri, a common spring species in conifer forest.

Developing “barcodes” with fungi DNA helps easily identify species. 

A male Anolis krugi, Mata de Plátano, Puerto Rico.

Matt McElroy hopes to answer how and why biological evolution occurred in the past, and what role thermal adaptation played in this process.

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