AMNH Spiders Live Exhibit Preview

A few weeks ago I was invited to the American Museum of Natural History for a preview of their new live exhibition called Spiders Alive! which opens to the public on July 28 til Decembers 2, 2012, and will explore the fascinating and complex world of spiders.

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Please Note: I was invited as media to preview the exhibit. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

During the preview I learned about the background of spiders and how important they are as predators; without them, insect populations would overrun the world. Spiders are among the most versatile animals on the planet, and inhabit every continent but Antarctica. They are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities.

While we only know a few different types of spiders, scientists have identified over 43,000 species of spiders to date, and think that there are many more to be discovered.

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After the presentation I was able to tour the exhibit before it opens to the public. In Spiders Alive!, visitors will explore spiders’ anatomy,diversity, venom, silk, and behavior, including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making.

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In addition to live spiders representing approximately 20 species, the exhibition will also include larger-than-life models of spiders, videos, a climbable spider model, and fossils.

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Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close, and the exhibition will focus on debunking spider myths, such as: spiders need gravity to build webs and all spiders are poisonous to humans.

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The exhibition is filled with live spiders like the Goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world; the western black widow, member of one of the few North American spider groups that can be harmful to people; the fishing spider, who senses prey by resting its front legs on the surface of the water; and the golden orb-web spider, which weaves a golden web that can reach more than 3 feet in diameter.

The Spiders Alive! exhibition is great for learning more about spiders in a safe and educational way. To learn more about the exhibition visit - http://www.amnh.org



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