They're stalking in the woods; they're lurking in the park. They're hunting in the field; they're fishing in the lake. They're living in your backyard—and probably in your basement, too! With almost 500 species in Minnesota, spiders are pretty much everywhere, occupying every kind of habitat from the driest rock to the soggiest swamp.

Some people think of spiders as creepy. In reality, they are among Minnesota's most fascinating animals. From their often eight-eyed heads to their silk-spinning posteriors, spiders are miniature wonders of nature.

Let's take a look!

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