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Lycosa tarantula by Jim Down

tarantula spider

Tarantulas are amazing animals. There cheap, don't need attendance all the time, and aren't evil like some people think. Only a hand full of arachnids can inject poison into peoples skin and an even fewer number can cause serious pain.

Most tarantulas can inject poison into human skin. Though I have never been bit, people say that it feels like a bad bee sting. No tarantula has ever been known to actually kill a human. These are part of advertisements of pet shops that tarantulas are of their highest selling.

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Orangutans by Dimitris Katakalaios


Orangutans are large apes that live in southeast Asia (on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra). These apes mostly live in trees and swing from branch to branch using their arms.

The word orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language. As its habitats are being usurped by man, the orangutan's population is decreasing and it is in grave danger of extinction.

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Pet allergy by Gus Leous

German Dog

What is a pet allergy?

The proteins from the hair, saliva or urine of household pets cause an allergic reaction that attacks the eyes and the airways, like hay fever, and can result in asthmatic symptoms. It may also cause atopic dermatitis or a nettle rash.

It is often difficult to avoid the allergens that can come from other people's pets or be transported by people who have been in contact with animals. School classes can be overloaded with pet allergens.

Most often the allergies are to cats or dogs,…

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Praying Mantis by Arthur Sigurssen

Praying Mantis

What is a Praying Mantis? The praying mantids, or praying mantises, are carnivorous insects that belong to the family of mantids. There are about 2,000 species of mantids. The biggest praying mantises are the Tenodera and the Archimantis, which are six inches long! The smallest praying mantis is the Bolbe pygmaea, which is only 2/5 of an inch, or one-centimetre.

Unbelievably, some scientists agree the mantis is closely related to the cockroach. The name "mantis" comes from the Greek word for 'prophet' or 'soothsayer.' The Carolina mantid is a common insect of Eastern United States. The…

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