Turret Spiders Launch Sneak Attacks From Tiny Towers | Deep Look


The world is a very different place when darkness
falls. Most of us head for home … for cover. Because as the shadows creep in, they hide
things … Frightful things … What is that? That little tower? Look, there’s another one. They blend in so well. That was a California turret spider. Its lair is like the turret of a castle, rising
above the forest floor. It’s lined the inside with pearly white
silk. And coated the outside with mud, moss or leaves The turret leads down to the spider’s burrow,
that can descend six inches underground. The spider spends its days down there. As the last rays of sun die out, it rises
… to wait … motionless … Until some unsuspecting creature happens by,
like this pill bug. Every step it takes creates tiny tremors,
betraying its location. Whew! That was close. Turret spiders actually have pretty poor vision. Instead they rely on feel, bursting out in
whichever direction the vibrations seem to come from. So, sometimes they miss. They belong to group of spiders called mygalomorphs
— along with their more famous cousins: tarantulas and trap-door spiders. They pack oversized fangs that swing down
like a pair of pickaxes. They’ were hunting this way long before
spiders started building intricate aerial webs
like this orb-weaver spider. Instead, a female turret spider might live
for 16 years and never stray from her turret. She only ventures into the world for a split
second. Just long enough to drag her next victim down
to its demise. Check this out- a turret spiderling. Once it’s big enough, it’ll venture out
from their mom’s house and set out on its own. But usually not too far away. Deep Look knows what you like… more spiders! Do black widows really deserve their bad rap? And why is this spider … dancing? Leap out and hit that subscribe button and
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16 thoughts on “Turret Spiders Launch Sneak Attacks From Tiny Towers | Deep Look

  1. We've received several questions about how turret spiders mate if they don't stray from their own individual burrow. When male turret spiders are mature enough, they venture out looking for females. They usually wait until the fall after the rains have started which keeps the spiders from drying out when they are above ground. A male turret spider will (very carefully) enter a receptive female's burrow and they mate. The males don't return to their burrows and the females aren't looking for a roommate, so it's pretty much the end of the line for the males. The females live much longer and may have multiple clutches of eggs throughout their lives. They lay their eggs in their burrow and when they hatch, the spiderlings venture out and start excavating their own burrows nearby. That's why it's common to find a few small turrets surrounding a larger turret that belongs to their mom. It's very rare to see these activities and we weren't able to film them for this short episode. Hope you like it! – Josh Cassidy, Producer/Cinematographer

  2. Pill bug: A tunnel? Well that's a mystery. I need to go inside.
    Turret spider: I'm about to end this man's whole career.

  3. I dunno about you guys but something about the sound effects as it attacks makes me chuckle hahahaha this is so amazing!

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