Second-Chance Spiders

36 hours after drowning, wolf spiders were able to revive themselves and suffered no ill effects, scientists discovered recently.

A study at the University of Rennes in France found that wolf spiders died after 24 to 36 hours of being immersed in water. But when the scientists came back to weigh the dead spiders, they found them alive again. Apparently wolf spiders can put themselves into comas and shut down the metabolic processes that do not require air. Arachnologist Julien Pétillon says,

"There could be many other species that could this this that we do not know of yet."


(image credit: Sonia Dourlot )

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Marilyn Terrell.

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Just flushed a spider for the millineth time THIS YEAR as my other half (a manly male!! snort!) was screaming to get it away from him- safe in the knowledge that she wud begin the slow climb back up to our bathroom ready to terriose him again tomoz night with her absail down from the cavity wall vent onto his knee as he sits in the bath mwahhhahhhh. Its like a mutual silent plot between me and the absailing spid whom i have named 'La Frog' LMAO
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A few years ago, I found a funnel weaver frozen in a chunk of ice during spring thaw. I thawed it out and the damn thing slowly began to flex its legs. Within an hour it was running around!
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