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Spiders & Scorpions

Scorpions and spiders are among the most feared of all eight-limbed organisms. They're also natural controllers of insect populations.

Take a closer look at these arthropods that belong to the Arachnida class. Find out how they feed and protect themselves. And discover why these ancient animals continue to be a source of fascination.

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