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Do spiders possess 'super powers' ?

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2014 · Comment icon 22 comments

Spiders could put even the toughest superheroes to shame. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Konrad Summers
Compared to humans, spiders are capable of some impressive feats of speed, strength and endurance.
Spiders might not be the most popular members of the animal kingdom, but when you look closer at what they are actually capable of they really are quite remarkable.

There are two main categories of spiders, web builders and hunters. Web builders are generally slower and rely on building webs and waiting for prey to come to them while hunter spiders are typically quicker on their feet and rely on their relatively good eyesight to locate prey themselves.

These skills might not sound impressive at a glance but if you scaled a spider up to the size of a human its abilities suddenly become comparable to those of a comic book superhero.
A jumping spider for instance is able to jump a distance that's 50 times the length of its body, the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field in a single leap.

Some spiders can run 70 times their body length in a second - that's 10 times faster than Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Spiders can also manage extreme feats of strength, capable of carrying 170 times their own body weight while hanging upside down.

That's the equivalent of a human carrying a double decker bus while walking on the ceiling.

Source: BBC News | Comments (22)




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Comment icon #13 Posted by ancient astronaut 9 years ago
So, if I bite a spider, does that take his "super-powers" away???
Comment icon #14 Posted by MidnightLady 9 years ago
I don't know but depending on the 8 legged one, they might take yours.
Comment icon #15 Posted by lightly 9 years ago
i think they can sense a threat ... like me looking at them and THINKING if i should wack them. The instant the thought enters my mind.. the spider SCOOTS! . It's happened many times now ... ?¿?
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
To coordinate the synchronous movement of eight legs is a super power unto itself.
Comment icon #17 Posted by DemonicCupcake 9 years ago
Yeah, they are super creepy.
Comment icon #18 Posted by SpiritWriter 9 years ago
I am never ceased to be amazed how handicapped we humans are if we are about to compare our powers to those found in the animal kingdom. How to heck we manage to rule this world, i am often wondering... I think we just think we rule the world.... The crows run circles around us.
Comment icon #19 Posted by psyche101 9 years ago
I try to make sure I don't hurt the wrong ones, so I keep this ID Chart handy.
Comment icon #20 Posted by psyche101 9 years ago
I am never ceased to be amazed how handicapped we humans are if we are about to compare our powers to those found in the animal kingdom. How to heck we manage to rule this world, i am often wondering... Really? If we had to rely on you, maybe not!!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Red Howler 9 years ago
Humans are the most irrational species. Spiders are terrified, like this one hiding from Psyche101:
Comment icon #22 Posted by Ogbin 9 years ago
Do spiders have super powers? No. But maybe if we were to cover them in radioactive waste like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were, this would change.


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