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Sir,

I live in England and chanced upon a spider in the bath. Possibly a Zebra Spider about an inch long, leg to leg.
It climbed on to my hand as I rescued it. Luckily I had a drinking glass to hand. But as I moved it close to the glass it jumped into the glass. To my horror it left two legs behind. I counted six legs left on the spider which I put outside. I am used to spiders jumping to evade capture..... but is this leg loss normal?

Thanks for your help!
Kindest Regards
Mark

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 Hi Mark
Losing legs when jumping is not normal. Such a thing would have no survival value. I cannot explain why this happened
Rescuing spiders while in the tub is also not normal human behavior. You are my kind of a guy Mark. Good for you.
I had a tarantula escape and wind up in my wifes' tub a few years ago. She was not happy

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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