When encountering black widow spiders in NYC, it's probably best to do so at the iconic American Museum of Natural History, with some impenetrable glass separating you. Their annual Spiders Alive! exhibition is back, starting tomorrow and running through

There are 20 species of live arachnid this time around, including the tailless whip scorpion, the goliath bird eater, and the funnel-web grass spider. While there you can also learn about the anatomy, behavior, and unique characteristics of these creepy little guys, like their secret defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making.

Did we mention that bird eater one is one of the largest spiders in existence, measuring about 12" long, and eats mice, frogs, and snakes?