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Illinois State Museum

Exhibits and collections focus on the natural history (biology, zoology, botany, and geology) and cultural and artistic history of Illinois.

Link: museum.state.il.us

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    Illinois Spider Collection -- Illinois State Museum

    museum.state.il.us 30 Sep '17, 9pm

    Top Top Forest Wolf Spider (Gladicosa gulosa ) Description : The large cephalothorax of this spider is dark brown with a lighter stripe in the middle. The abdomen is grayish brown, sometimes (as in this specimen) with a V-shaped stripe or spot at the base. The legs are long, brown or ...

  • Dance

    museum.state.il.us 27 Jul '17, 12pm

    Illinois Official Dance: The Square Dance In 1990, Governor Thompson signed into law a bill designating the Square Dance as the American folk dance of the State. Square Dance is a term used to describe many individual dances done in a style that traces its origins back to Morris danci...

  • Western Fox Snake

    museum.state.il.us 04 Jun '17, 8am

    Western Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) Interesting facts: When a western fox snake is disturbed, it rapidly vibrates the tip of its tail. The vibration of the tail against the leaf litter can sometimes resemble the sound of a rattlesnake's rattle. Because of this, people sometimes confuse...

  • Prairie Kingsnake

    museum.state.il.us 04 Jun '17, 8am

    Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster) Interesting facts: Although the prairie kingsnake hibernates in winter, it may come out in winter on warmer, sunny days, and it comes out of hibernation earlier than other snakes. Description: The prairie kingsnake is a large, slender snake...

  • Eastern Plains Garter Snake

    museum.state.il.us 04 Jun '17, 8am

    Eastern Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix) Photograph: Ohio Department of Natural Resources Interesting facts: Instead of striking and biting an aggressor, this snake may expel musk and fecal matter consisting of digested earthworms. Description: The eastern plains garter snake is...

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  • History of Illinois Agriculture

    museum.state.il.us 21 Mar '17, 7pm

    From Prairie to Fruited Plain: The History of Illinois Agriculture The History of Illinois Agriculture Web Exhibit features the Illinois State Museum’s collections and research to explore the history of the land, people, plants, animals, and technology that led to today’s agriculture ...

  • Fluorite Formation

    museum.state.il.us 24 Mar '17, 9pm

    150 to 200 million years ago, hot water containing fluorine and other minerals was forced up from deep within the Earth. When this brine reached the calcium rich, limestone bedrock, fluorite crystals formed along the walls of fractures and voids in the rock. Flat layers of fluorite al...

  • @tetrameryx @CofCNatHistory State fossil of Illinois! #hometownhero

    Amphibian

    museum.state.il.us 19 Feb '16, 7pm

    State Symbol: Illinois State Fossil — Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium ) The Tully Monster was a soft-bodied animal. It is preserved as outlines and flattened forms in nodules of ironstone from several areas in Illinois. It lived in the ocean that covered much of Illinois during...

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