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Black Widow spiders are spreading north to entirely new areas

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One of the many side effects of climate change is the gradual shift in territories of some species. Most animals have certain temperature thresholds that they just won't abide, but as the Earth continues to creep into higher and higher average temperatures these animals can either be pushed away or lured into new areas that were previously too hot or too cold.

In a new study, scientists now believe that black widow spiders are moving farther north than ever before thanks to more agreeable temperatures. The research, which was published in PLOS One, explains that regular sightings of black widow spiders in more northern areas has steadily picked up over the last half century or so, and the range of the potentially deadly spider has increased by over 30 miles.

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