Getting creepy crawly
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Warning: If you have arachnophobia, look away. The museum doesn't just store preserved animals, it holds live specimens, too. This tarantula is tended to by Julie Vallimont, a museum education specialist. The spider is kept in Harvard Classroom A, where it's brought out to teach students of all ages in classes about biodiversity. Look for the tarantula, a scorpion, and perhaps a horseshoe crab in these classes. Check out the class schedule at www.hmnh.harvard.edu/adult_classes.
In addition, check out the museum's Halloween exhibit and discover why you shouldn't fear spiders, snakes, and other creepy creatures.