Thursday, March 22, 2007

Creepy: Spiders Love to Snuggle - Yahoo! News

Creepy: Spiders Love to Snuggle - Yahoo! News: "While not usually considered paragons of tender, familial love, some spiders do have a touchy-feely side. Scientists have discovered two arachnids that caress their young and snuggle together.

Social behavior is extremely rare in arachnids, a group of critters typically defined by their aggression, clever hunting methods and even predatory cannibalism.

'This was the best example I had ever seen of friendly behavior in an arachnid,' said lead study author Linda Rayor, a Cornell University entomologist.

'I was amazed at how incredibly interactive the groups are,' Rayor said. 'They are in constant tactile contact with one another. They are constantly exploring one another and interacting with their siblings.'"

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