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City living makes for big, fertile spiders

Golden Orb Weave
Golden Orb Weave
Golden Orb Weave
Golden-Orb Spider (Nephila pilipes)
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Golden Orb Weave
Golden Orb Web Spider
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City living can have several perks for spiders. A recent study found that city living makes the perfect environment for spiders to feed and breed. Among that list of species that thrive in an urban city are pigeons, raccoons and rats.

Lead author of the study Elizabeth Lowe from the University of Sydney, Australia says that the warm environment and the variety of preys available in the city actually benefit the arachnids.