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This Fiery Spider is Facing a Grim Future

Native to Mexico, the Fire Leg Tarantula gets its name from a rich red hue that runs along its legs. True to its name, this spider can get quite fiery if provoked. When feeling threatened, it shoots out its urticating hairs, which causes irritation and a burning sensation to predators. Found in small burrows in the ground­—normally the abandoned homes of rodents and lizards—this spider’s existence is now, unfortunately, under threat. The illegal pet trade combined with ongoing destruction of its natural habitat is leaving this fiery tarantula’s future uncertain.

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