Spider Bites Off Its Own Genitals After Sex

January 23, 2015 9:32 AM

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Spider Bites Off Its Own Genitals After Sex

In what just might be the most disturbing post-coital ritual on the planet, male ornamental tree trunk spiders (a.k.a. coin spiders) have a habit of biting off their own genitals.

While many types of spiders suffer damage to or even lose their palps -- essentially, the spider's penis -- during sex, these spiders really, really, really want to make sure the things are gone. So whatever hasn't been damaged during the act usually gets chewed off afterward.

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