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Garden spider amputates its own leg

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

A garden spider has been filmed amputating its own leg.

BBC Earth web editor Tim Edwards was filming the spider wrapping up a wasp when he noticed the unusual behaviour.

Spiders are known to sever their limbs as a protective response, and naturalists suggest the spider may have been stung by its prey.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/24756662

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:31 PM

Wow, I didn't know spiders were that smart!

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:55 PM

Nice post.

I hadn’t actually given much thought to ‘What a spider would do if it gets stung while capturing its prey’

You would think a sting from a wasp or bee would be a fast death to a small insect unless they are immune?  Interesting video.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:43 PM

Reminds me of a Walking Dead episode where a leg got chopped off to stop the spread of a zombie infection.


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 01:11 AM

And this is why humanity will eventually lose this war.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 02:00 AM

View PostSir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd, on 02 November 2013 - 05:55 PM, said:

Nice post.

I hadn’t actually given much thought to ‘What a spider would do if it gets stung while capturing its prey’

You would think a sting from a wasp or bee would be a fast death to a small insect unless they are immune?  Interesting video.
The spread would be as fast as the flow of body fluid - or "blood" through an organisms system, perhaps spiders have a very slow flow.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 03 November 2013 - 02:00 AM, said:

The spread would be as fast as the flow of body fluid - or "blood" through an organisms system, perhaps spiders have a very slow flow.

That would be my understanding also. You see this in action when a small field mouse is bitten, the quick heartbeat pumping the blood around the body and then how quickly the mouse dies after envenomation.

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