Scientists uncover a shady web of online spider sales

FILE – A tarantula at Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia, Jan. 25, 2020. More than 1,200 species of arachnids are part of a largely unregulated global marketplace, according to a new study. (Lauryn Ishak/The New York Times) XNYT11 XNYT11

Arachnids make popular pets. They are a cinch to ship, and many species are relatively easy to care for.

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