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How do Spiders Spin Webs?

Spider Web - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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At the back of the spiders body there are three pairs of glands, each with a tube. These tubes are called spinnerets. The spider presses the spinnerets against an object and forces out some liquid silk. As the spider moves away from the object, this draws out the sticky liquid and it then hardens in the air.

To make sure the spider doesn't get caught in its own web, the spider coats its legs with an oily substance from its mouth.

Did You Know?
It has been calculated that the silk produced by spiders is so strong, that if it were woven into a thread one inch thick, it would be three times stronger than a similar rope made of iron, and could support a weight of 74 tons!

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