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Otters Oddities

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Mmmm....Dis blankie is comfy.

And, this otter wishes he was under his blankie.

I knew playing with that test tube labeled "BIOHAZARD! Do Not Touch!" was a bad idea.


Ah well, I'ma take this pile of Dayquil and go back to bed. Well.....not really. I have to get up early and go to school. (Mondays, I tech for a local school district)

Anyway, just a quick oddity today.

Spiders suck. I don't like them. Not much in this world gives me the heebie-jeebies quite like a spider. I can't explain it, but, they do. Spiders and ketchup. My two phobias.


Male spiders have it tough, though. Imagine going to the bar some night, and hooking up with someone and going back to their place for a little brown chicken brown cow. Now, imagine having her interrupt you half way through the deed, so she can eat you. (and, not the good kind of eat you, ifyouknowwhatImean...)

That's right. Many female spiders will devour their mating partner before the act is finished. (I told you...that's my belly button...) Sometimes they will wait ntil the deed is done, but often times, not.


So, what's a poor male spider to do? Well, the male Golden Orb spider has a little trick up his sleeve. Two tricks, actually.

The first is, back rubs. While the male is mounted, he will spin a web across the females back. This web doesn't hinder her movement in any way, but it does have a calming effect on her. Males who do this, (it's called mate binding), have a high survival rate over those who don't.


The second trick is called 'pedipalps'. This trick is fairly common among spiders, though. Pedipalps are two appendages on the male spider, and they contain his genitalia. When he mounts the female, his weiner enters one of the females vaginas while the second appendage enters the other vagina. Then, he breaks them off. Yes folks, he castrates himself. What this does though, is plug u the females vaginas so no other male can mate with her, making the odds of his reproducing higher. (you did know that female spiders have two vaginas, right?)

Maybe the plugging of the vaginas is what causes the females to get pissed off and eat the males. (not really. Some females will eat the male before the plugging.)


So, that's your quick and dirty oddity for today.

See you all tomorrow.

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