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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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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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks you! :)
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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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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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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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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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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
:)
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