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The tarantula family includes the largest spiders known. The Goliath Tarantula (Theraposa leblondi) which inhabits South America, reaches a body length of 5 inches with a leg span of up to 12 inches.
The Pinacate Beetle (Stink Bug or Clown Beetle)
When walking, pinacate beetles, with lowered front ends and raised rears, resemble little low-riders. They are well known for their comical, yet effective, defense tactics. When alarmed they stand on their heads by bending their front legs down and extending their rear legs, excrete or spray a malodorous secretion from their rear ends.
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