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Tarantulas Are Busy Around Halloween, But They’re Not Trick or Treating!
With Halloween around the corner, lots of folks are thinking about spiders such as tarantulas—as well as bats, ghouls and other scary creatures. But it turns out that tarantulas have a lot more on their mind this month than trick or treating. It’s mating time for tarantulas. And the story…

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How Do Birds Deal With Hurricanes Like Sandy?
Hurricane Sandy has, rightfully, dominated the news the past week or so, even pushing the election to the back pages. While Sandy’s wind, rain and storm surge have certainly affected many people, some folks are also wondering about the effects its had on birds in the places the hurricane passed…

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Why Are Bats, Spiders And Even Owls The Scary Creatures of Halloween?
In most people’s minds, Halloween means vampires and witches, bats, owls and spiders. Even the mere mention of these creatures sends shivers through some folks. Vampires and witches—a fear of them is understandable. But what is it about bats, owls, and spiders that makes people associate them with evil? One…

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Not Just For Halloween:  Orange And Black Is Popular In The Wild Too
It’s almost Halloween, the time for orange and black: orange-and-black costumes, orange-and-black decorations, even orange-and-black candies. People favor these colors because it’s a tradition. But what prompts some animals to cloak themselves in orange and black? Probably the most renown orange-and-black creature is the tiger, several species of which still…

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What Makes Autumn Leaves So Colorful?
Sometime between now and the middle of November, the trees in North America’s eastern broadleaf forests will reach their full fall glory. From Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, leaf peepers will bring traffic to a standstill on beautiful fall weekends. By…

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Why Do Crows Gather in Large Roosts During Fall and Winter?
Steve Bailey is a bit of an exception. Whereas most people in Danville, Illinois, wish the crows now in their midst would find themselves another winter home, he welcomes the visitors with open arms. He’s a bird lover, of course, and proud to live in the unofficial Winter Crow Capital…

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What Land Animal Has The Longest Lifespan?
If you’re a TV watcher, you may have noticed that the most recent iteration of the long-running TV show Survivor recently got underway. But there’s a much more interesting version playing out in the wild. It’s one thing to survive a few weeks on a television show, but it’s quite…

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