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Rat-sized rodents with short, mostly hairless tails, minute eyes and ears, gophers weigh six to eight ounces and range in color from pale gray to russet to black. Their lips close behind their large front teeth, which lets them dig without getting a mouthful of soil. On each side of the mouth is an external, fur-lined storage pouch. Watch one digging on this video
The Goliath Tarantula, which inhabits South America, reaches a body length of 5 inches with a leg span of up to 12 inches.
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