Spider Has An Ingenious Technique Of Burying Itself In The Sand

Published October 29, 2018 10,111 Plays

Rumble This video contains a sight that most people would never otherwise have the opportunity to witness. Since “creepy- crawly” spiders are a very common fear and phobia for so many people, this video gives many the chance to see this force of nature from the safety of their computer screens. It features the terrified spider burying itself in the sand. This action is not just a random thing that this spider has decided to do out of nowhere; it is a defense mechanism to protect itself from predators. Alexa Whiteway, 30, a system administrator has had her spider, Monty, a Sicarius Thomisoides, a six-eyed sand spider, for about three years. She has just recently filmed it, which allowed her to be able to share this interesting video with the rest of the Internet world.

This spider is rare, and it looks like something out of a science fiction movie. It is definitely one that evokes an automatic fear response for a great number of people. It is of a light gray color, and it has the signature spider eight legs. It is also rather large, which is another feature that would make many people shrink away in fear.

This spider is native to Chile, so the one featured in this video is obviously one that is being kept and raised in captivity. The spider’s instincts trigger it to bury itself in the sand because of something that perceives it as a threat.

The video does not show the viewers what this perceived threat is, but it does show this incredibly interesting process that mother nature has created. The spider instinctively begins to dig with its front legs very quickly. It creates itself a small hole that fits its abdomen and body size perfectly. It could not be more perfect measuring the hole. After that process, the spider moves its body over the small hole. It does all of these movements with perfect and extraordinary dexterity. The spider is also unbelievably fast, and it wastes no time performing this hole digging feat.

After it has placed itself over the hole, it shifts, as if to find the perfect placement to secure its safety. It seems like the spider is also observing and checking its surroundings every second or so, to be sure that it is still safe. This is truly a very interesting process to watch. Then, much to the viewers’ surprise, it apparently decides that its first hole was not acceptable, so it begins to dig yet another hole, and goes through the same process of placing itself over it. The hole is just wide enough for the spider’s body, but its legs still reach the outside area in a symmetrical fashion.

Then the spider does the finishing touch and final motions of this burying process. With the same front legs that started digging the hole, it actually begins burying its body. It uses its front legs to throw the sand over the top of itself. The spider has successfully hidden itself from its predatory threat!