Invertebrates

Black WidowBlack Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

Latrodectus hesperus
The notorious black widow spider is known for its dangerous bite and its shiny pea like body. It is characterized by the red hourglass marking on its abdomen. There are several different species of Widows but they all pack a powerful punch. They only grow to be about 1 in long and only weigh about 1 gram.
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Emperor ScorpionEmperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator)

Pandinus imperator
Emperor scorpions are among the largest in the world and can measure up to 5-7 inches in length. They are dark brown to black in color and they appear shiny. Their hard exoskeleton acts as a shield for protection. They will shed this exoskeleton (molt) as they grow.
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Madagascar Hissing CockroachesMadagascar Hissing Cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa)

Gromphadorhina portentosa
These are large cockroaches averaging at 2-3 inches long. They have an oval body with a hard shiny exoskeleton. Both the males and females have one pair of antennae. Males have two horns on their heads that make them look bigger and more impressive.
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Mexican Red-knee TarantulaMexican Red-knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithi)

Brachypelma smithi
The Mexican Red-knee Tarantula has eight legs with brightly colored red-orange stripes. Their leg span is an average 6-7". The abdomen and thorax are black or dark brown. Their body is covered in fine hairs that they can flick off onto a predator to irritate them.
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Texas Brown TarantulaTexas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi)

Aphonopelma hentzi
Texas Brown Tarantulas only stand to be 2-3" high and 3-4" long. Their abdomen is about the size of a quarter and is light to dark brown in color. Their eight legs are usually darker than their body. The males are smaller than the females and have a significantly shorter lifespan.
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