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Naturalist Notebook 

October 26, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints about this animal:


  • A nocturnal hunter, this animal preys on mice, insects, and small frogs and lizards.
  • It is the most common species used in movies due to its large size and interesting coloration.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:33 am

9 Comments »

  1. Tarantula

    Comment by Nicole — October 26, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  2. Spider

    Comment by Jezus Cicero — October 26, 2011 @ 11:22 am

  3. Fruit bat?

    Comment by Alfia — October 26, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  4. Wait- oops – MEAT BAT! heheh

    Comment by Alfia — October 26, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  5. But seriously, it’s gotta be a tarantula.

    Comment by Alfia — October 26, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  6. Tarantula

    Comment by Angelica Kelly — October 26, 2011 @ 11:33 am

  7. Looks like maybe a Mexican Red-Legged Tarantula!

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — October 26, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  8. Tarantula! And if its one of the largest than we re talking about a Theraphosa blondi. Cool big ole’ spiders!

    Comment by Rich M — October 26, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  9. Wow, lots of excellent guesses this week. Our specimen was a Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi). To learn more about Mexican redknee tarantulas, check out these websites:

    We’ll have another “Spotlight On…” soon, but in the meantime, see if you can tell us who pooped.

    Comment by nature — October 30, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

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