Invertebrates

Black Widow

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.



     Blue Death Feigning Beetle

         Asbolus verrucosus
        Average length is 3/4 of an inch with a spiky dorsal abdomen. 
        Their body is actually black. The blue coloring comes from wax 
        that is secreted for protection against dehydration
        and overheating.
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    Brazilian Giant Cockroach

      Blaberus giganteus
      Brazilian giant cockroaches are a species that grows
      to be about 3 inches in length. Although they have wings as
      adults, they do not fly. The adults are tan with dark
      brown patches and black heads.
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     Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

        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.
        


Mexican Red-knee Tarantula

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 Tarantula

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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