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Spiders - Introduction
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     challenging words:    lasting, lethal, meat-lovers, vegetarian, widow, species, properly, poisonous, injection, among, flying, kill, quick, indeed, near, pain


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1     Spiders have eight legs. They are not insects, because insects must have six legs. Spiders are excellent hunters. They have poison glands in their mouths that they use to kill or paralyze their victims. They feed on insects, worms, and their own kind. Some even eat fish, lizards, or birds! There are no vegetarian spiders! Indeed, all spiders are meat-lovers!
 
2     Even though all species of spiders have poison glands, only 30 types of them produce venom that can make us very sick. The black widow spider is among one of the most poisonous types! When a black widow spider bites us, we experience severe pain lasting for days. The bite is not deadly unless it is not treated properly.
 
3     Most spiders produce silk and weave webs. Those are called web spiders. Web spiders, such house spiders .....
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