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Dolophones conifera, aka the Wrap-around spider

Dolophones conifera, known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. It is named for its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. The upper surface of the abdomen resembles a cone shaped shield. It is composed mostly of … Continue reading

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Tarantula Molting

When tarantulas grow, they periodically molt their exoskeletons. The “old skin” that is replaced by the new exoskeleton is a perfect replication of the spider, minus the head and fangs. The carapace and abdomen get broken and the tarantula begins … Continue reading

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