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Plus some other interesting spider facts. Only for the brave! Solway, Andrew. Spiders and Other Invertebrates. Chicago: Heinemann-Raintree, 2007. An investigation into the ways in which spiders have adapted to their surroundings to become successful, for example, in defending themselves and finding food. htm An interesting Web page containing information about spiders, and tips for spider watching. htm This Web site contains images of many common backyard spiders. html A Web page of spider information from the Explorit Science Center in California.
Spider bites are very rare, though. Most spiders cannot bite you, and even a black widow would rather run away from you if she can. Most spiders are no threat at all, and some people even keep them as pets. indd 29 The big, hairy desert tarantula looks dangerous, but it hardly ever bites and its venom is no more poisonous than a bee sting. 29 1/28/10 2:14:41 PM Glossary abdomen: The soft-skinned, back part of a spider’s body. armor: A tough outer covering that protects the body. code: A secret language that is understood only by those who know how it works.
Spiderology. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2000. A close-up view of the world of spiders, including projects that help you learn more about how spiders live – and how scientists find out about them. Solway, Andrew. Deadly Spiders and Scorpions. Chicago: Heinemann-Raintree, 2005. A look at the really scary spiders such as black widows, tarantulas, funnel-web spiders, and their equally venomous close relatives the scorpions. Plus some other interesting spider facts. Only for the brave! Solway, Andrew.
America's Children and the Environment by US Environmental Protection Agency