Tarantulas eject silk from feet

Tarantulas eject silk from feet
By Victoria Gill
Reporter, BBC Nature

Tarantulas eject silk through their feet to anchor themselves to slippery, vertical surfaces, say scientists.
The discovery, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, shows how these large but very fragile spiders avoid potentially lethal falls.
The team designed an experiment to dislodge the spiders’ feet slightly, by gently shaking a glass tank as they climbed up the side.
Examining glass slides from under the tarantulas’ feet revealed their secret.

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