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Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It’s Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Did you know spiders have miniature paw-like feet on the bottom of their eight legs? When you can’t see the rest of the creature, they are honestly kind of adorable. Most pictures below are of tarantula legs, evidently, the largest spiders seemingly have the cutest feet. The next time you encounter an arachnid, the chances that you think it is adorable instead of terrifying seem slim, but maybe you will be slightly more at ease knowing they have adorable little paws.

These strange features that spiders posses are called claw tuft’s.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

The paws are not really paws in the sense you are familiar with, claw tufts are rather just really dense bundles of hair.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

This Pink Toed Tarantula has some of the cutest paws yet!

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Weighing in at a two and a half ounces, it is seemingly harmless! They might just flick their hair at you if they feel threatened…

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

The combination of vibrant color and soft looking tufts of fur make for one adorable paw!

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

The size of the claw may come as a surprise, they can actually get quite large!

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

This tuft of densely packed fur can be attributed to the spiders ability to adhere strongly to many surfaces, such as walls and glass.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Web dwelling spiders have three smaller claws (seen in figure A), two for hunting and one specially adapted for holding onto their web.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

If it was not for this third claw in web dwelling spiders, they would not be able to knit webs!

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Hunting spiders (most pictures in this post), only have two claws and a tuft of hair.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

The tuft has around 600,000 tiny furs which can be found on more than 900 species of tarantula.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Spiders in this group have much stronger senses than their cousins.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

The ability to hear and see better support their hunting lifestyle.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)
By Julian Kamzol

More formally called the tarsus, Spiders sense of hearing and smell is located here in the tuft.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

These long hollow hairs, called trichobothria, are used for sensing air currents and vibrations help the spider hunt.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Most spiders actually digest food outside of the mouth.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

They do this by injecting their prey with digestive fluid before slurping out their liquefied internal tissues.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Once they have slurped the shell clean, they discard it and move onto the next prey.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

You cannot deny, even though attached to a creepy creature the paw is adorable, and in extremely rare cases, the spider itself is pretty cute.

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

Look at this little spider, it is undeniably cute!

Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws And It's Actually Kind Of Adorable (21 pics)

At the end of the day, regardless of how cute or adorable their feet might be, they are still spooky little monsters. It is good to know that not every part of them is hideous. Next time you see a spider you might just slightly hesitate before squishing it.