Feb. 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM ET
Animal ambassador Julie Scardina brought some unusual creatures to TODAY Tuesday, including tarantulas and armadillos who have unique ways of protecting themselves when a predator approaches.
Ann Curry found the spider to be anything but itsy-bitsy – or cute.
And who knew that Matt Lauer adores arachnids? "I really like spiders," he said as he let the hairy insect crawl all over his suit.
TODAY.com multimedia producer Mish Whalen gazes at adorable animals every day but is spooked by anything with more than four legs. Discuss this post in the comments section or hit me on Twitter @mishrwhalen!