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Claws of a Tarantula by melvynyeo Claws of a Tarantula by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore forest

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A tarantula has four pairs of legs and two additional pairs of appendages. Each leg has seven segments which, from the prosoma out, are: coxa, trochanter, femur, patella, tibia, tarsus and pretarsus, and claw. Two or three retractable claws are at the end of each leg. These claws are used to grip surfaces for climbing. Also on the end of each leg, surrounding the claws, is a group of hairs. These hairs, called the scopula, help the tarantula to grip better when climbing surfaces like glass. The fifth pair are the pedipalps which aid in feeling, gripping prey, and mating in the case of a mature male. The sixth pair of appendages are the chelicerae and their attached fangs. When walking, a tarantula's first and third leg on one side move at the same time as the second and fourth legs on the other side of his body. The muscles in a tarantula's legs cause the legs to bend at the joints, but to extend a leg, the tarantula increases the pressure of blood entering the leg.
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:iconachromaticphoenix:
achromaticphoenix Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why does this look so CUTE. I want a tarantula now. they already looked really cute to me but this upclose shot looks like a little paw with tiny claws
AW
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks you! :)
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:iconachromaticphoenix:
achromaticphoenix Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np~
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IamThe1WhoKnocks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute! 
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XXWolfWalkerXX Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I didn't know they had claws.... hmm interesting
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:iconlillinapocalypse:
LillinApocalypse Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
whoa. so that's what they use to climb things. lol, when my tarantula climbs my arm, i guess those things make me itchy
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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:iconammonitefiction:
AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Tarantula like a wolfspider oder tarantula like a bird-eating-spider? :D
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:iconwolve-girl:
Wolve-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A new thing I've learned:They have claws(and cute legs <.<)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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:iconthesimmsonian:
thesimmsonian Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a unique shot! Great for anatomy studies!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:icontabbycat1212:
tabbycat1212 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, that's it! MY arachnophobia is now officially justified! 
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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:iconstarwonderer117:
Starwonderer117 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Looks like a cat paw. :3
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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:iconcoppercentipede:
CopperCentipede Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spider paws! : D
FANTASTIC shot! Look at all those little bristles...
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconichivo:
IchiVo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconhalf-dude:
Half-dude Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You could probably trick someone into thinking this was a mammal's foot if you didn't tell them what it really was.. really amazing picture!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconjazewel:
jazewel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
exactly what I was thinking.
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:icontrukko:
Trukko Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013

Can you feel the pain? Can you taste the cold creepy vibration running from the base of your backbone to the rear of your neck?

You can't? Oh well, try to imagine eight legs like the one in this photo moving on your back's naked skin....

 

Try to stand still and reflect on how is it possible that a little creature like an harmless spider can awake our disgust or terror....

 

It's amazing that it's possible, and maybe it is the same reason why we feel in peace when we look at the sea in the evening... maybe, could it be the remains of that wild/animal part of every one of us that claims it's rights on our life?

 

think about it sometimes, think about this just before crushing an ant or any other bug under your shoe... (yes, including mosquitoes)

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gizmo909 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Coming from someone who has owned a goliath birdeater and from someone who also had the said tarantula crawl over his face, I can confirm that it does NOT hurt at all in the slightest.
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:iconerozja:
Erozja Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
It looks like a cute foot of the kitty! :XD: Amazing macro! :clap:
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconerozja:
Erozja Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
:hug:
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:iconart-is-my-bream:
art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Awwwww cutest foot ever
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconilneofita:
ilNeofita Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you took this shot at night...how can be so much light there?
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
This is actually a very small area... so it's easy to light up. :)
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:iconrainbowmarimo:
RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I look at your pictures I can't help but wonder how these creatures see us...We would look so gigantic!!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:iconsicko-sis:
Sicko-Sis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Such an amazing and a delicate photo, I like this one a lot!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:icondecusshydro:
decusshydro Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
This capture makes them look like talons, when in reality they are so tiny. I love tarsal segments of their feet, they are so iridescent.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:iconart-n-rythym:
art-n-rythym Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
wow - -amazing
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:iconv0lk3r9:
V0LK3R9 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Now that is a CLOSE UP photo!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:iconhotdeidara:
HotDeidara Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww, thats so cute :3
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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:iconzacharyp99:
zacharyp99 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought this was an animal paw, not something on a spider!
Awesome shot as well!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconzacharyp99:
zacharyp99 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed!
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sarenkah Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
!! wow!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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XCurtrikX Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
:iconamericaspazzplz: KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!! *leaves this place and looks up pictures of yaoi*
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