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Name: Jenny
Status: student
Age: 8
Location: N/A
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Date: 10/13/2003

Why do spiders not get caught in their webs?

Hi Jenny!
See, not all spiders web is sticky, some parts of it are not. The spiders are clever and know very well where they can step for not get glued like the insects they catch for food. If you find a spider web at your garden, careful! Do not touch it. Just observe because it is one of the wonders of nature. The web looks like an spiral with spokes. The spiral is sticky, but the spokes are not. Some spiders have also special claws that allows them to walk over the web without get stuck to. And again, be careful! Some spiders have venom that can kill. And thanks for asking us!

(Dr. Mabel Rodrigues)

Not all webs are sticky. Spiders like familiar orb-weavers that do have sticky webs, mostly walk on the radii, the threads that run outward from the center, which are not sticky. Also, their legs are "groomed with an oily coating that does not stick. However, a spider may get stuck if it happens to be in the web of another kind." From The Book of the Spider," by Paul Hillyard.

J. Elliott

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