- Aug 17, 2016
I notice sometimes when tarantulas are held they start webbing. Why is this?
@Hydrazine WOW man, where have you been?? I haven't seen you in a few years it seems at least! Miss those funny posts with T pictures you always used to do!I believe it has multiple functions. A map of sorts, a sensory network - the webbing serves basically as a net of tripwires - tarantulas' main sensory input is the vibration sense provided by setae, and through the webbing they can locate any 'trespassers'. Establishing that in unknown premises may be crucial in their natural environment. And finally, it can serve as an anchor of sorts to prevent falling off.