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Do spiders drink water?

The other night, as was waiting for something to dry, I swore I saw a spider walk to a small puddle on the ground and what seemed, drink from it, as well as clean it’s palps (front legs).

So, I was curious.  Do spiders drink water?

The short answer is, yes.

from: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_spiders_drink_water
Yes, spiders do drink water. In the wild, most will drink from any available source such as droplets on vegetation or the ground, and from early morning or evening dew that has condensed on their webs. For those kept in captivity, it is a good idea to provide a fresh water source such as a small bottle cap or damp sponge for smaller species, or a small dish for larger species such as tarantulas.
Incidentally, spiders’ need to quench their thirst seems to have given rise to the myth that they live in drains. When a spider is in a building, an excellent source of water is droplets left from taps and showers around the plugholes and sink edges. Needless to say, spiders remain trapped in the sink or bath because the sides are too slippery or steep for them to climb.Like all other animals, spiders require a regular intake of water. Different species use different methods to quench their thirst. For example, the whistling spider, found in the desert, covers its 1-metre-long burrow with a thin layer of silk to keep it humid. Dew or the occasional raindrop is captured using a low, silk-covered mound near the entrance. Many other species such as the wolf spider opt for a much simpler strategy by drinking dewdrops in the morning. Some spiders even ingest nectar.
“Species such as the wolf spider opt for the simple strategy of drinking morning dewdrops”Many spiders, such as the common garden spider, will devour their web first thing in the morning. In doing this, they consume the water that has condensed as dew droplets on the web. Other spiders such as the whip spider can use their pincers to take water into their mouths.
“The common garden spider devours its web in the morning, consuming the condensation”

The black widow or the red back do not drink water at all. They get all the fluid they need from the juice sucked out of their prey. Tarantulas, on the other hand, like to drink water droplets that have collected on nearby leaves and foliage.

There are some creatures, including mammals, that do not drink. The name koala is derived from the Aboriginal word “no drink”. Koalas get the fluids they need from eating the leaves of plants such as the smooth-barked eucalyptus.

A few winters ago I watched a spider just outside my kitchen window as a small snowflake landed on its web. Normally a spider does not react to the presence of something in its web unless it struggles, so I was surprised to see the spider run to the snowflake. By the time it arrived, the snowflake had melted into a droplet of water and the spider gave every appearance of drinking it. The spider’s head was at the droplet, and the droplet dwindled away to nothing.

The Australian naturalist Densey Cline once reported a remarkable case of a spider drinking water.
She awoke to find the shrivelled body of a dead huntsman spider lying on her bedside table, and in her glass of water was an astonishingly long parasitic worm. She speculated that the mature parasite required water to complete its life cycle and had driven the infected spider to the nearest source of water by inducing a terrible thirst.

yup, spiders do drink water. In the wild, most drink from any source that’s available like droplets on vegetation or the ground, and from early morning or evening dew that has condensed on their webs.
* it is a good idea to provide a fresh water source such as a small bottle cap or damp sponge for smaller species, or a small dish for larger species such as tarantulas to spiders that are kept as pets.

Like all other animals, spiders require a regular intake of water. Different species use different methods to quench their thirst.
* the whistling spider, found in the desert, covers its 1-metre-long burrow with a thin layer of silk to keep it humid. Dew or the occasional raindrop is captured using a low, silk-covered mound near the entrance.
*others like the wolf spider opt for a much simpler strategy by drinking dewdrops in the morning. Some spiders even ingest nectar.

 
This may be a compilation of answers found, as it’s not fluidly written, but you get the jest.
 
Plus, you may have just learned something new about the koala. I did!
 
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