Wild Things: Tarantulas, Jellyfish and More…

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Female Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula. (John C. Abbott)

Hold On Tight

(John C. Abbott)
All spiders secrete silk from their abdomens, but it now appears that tarantulas can also shoot silk from their feet. Researchers in Britain turned tarantula glass tanks sideways, shook them and found nearly invisible silk threads that slipping spiders had deployed to hang on.

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