Spiders are creepy creatures and we all know that they have eight freaking legs. But do you know that they have paws?

Yes, spiders also have paws just like cats and dogs, though they aren’t that visible to the naked eye because they are so tiny.

What we’ve been referring to as the paw is actually called the tarsus in scientific terms.

And they actually look pretty adorable.
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The tarsus is the last section of a spider’s leg.
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At the end of the tarsus are claws which vary in number and size depending on the species.
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Photo: Michael Pankratz

Spiders that spin webs typically have three claws, the middle one being small while hunting spiders usually have only two claws.

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The tarsus, like the rest of its body, is covered in hair that the spider uses to pick up scent, sounds, vibrations and air currents.
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Thus knowing the movement of a nearby prey or predator.
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However, not all spiders have a cute tuft of hair at the end of their claw.
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That answers the question why spiders can easily maneuver their webs. Of course with the help of their paws and claws. Now share this adorable spider fact with your friends.

Sources: Bored Panda, Woman’s World