When will our imaginations be truly satisfied when we see a real spider Crane?
It’s a question that has been posed to the world by many different species of Crane.
They’ve been found in Australia, the United States, China, Japan and elsewhere, but have yet to be documented anywhere else.
It may seem like the best way to answer the question, “when will we ever see a crane in our lifetimes?”, is with a giant spider crane.
The spider crane is the world’s largest spider crane with a wingspan of up to 60 metres.
But what makes it so special is that it can spin on its back.
It is the first Crane species known to be found in the Wild.
But there is a catch, it can’t swim or fly, so it is a creature that must be protected in order to survive.
But how can you protect a Crane from being wiped out?
We can’t really.
And if it’s too difficult, then we have to get creative.
“The most efficient method of controlling a Crane is to surround them with a fence,” explains Dr Richard Aiken, a researcher at the University of New South Wales and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Bird Conservation and the world leader in the field of spider crane research.
“Once they’ve established a fence, it is very difficult to get them out,” he says.
“You have to create a barrier between them and the surrounding habitat.”
To achieve this, Aiken has developed a spider crane trap that he says has a number of advantages.
It traps the spider crane and can be removed from the area.
It prevents spiders from moving about and the Crane can be tracked.
It has a long lifespan, making it ideal for keeping it safe from predators.
It also has an ability to detect movement.
“They have to be able to find their prey, to see where they’re moving and then they can use the spider trap to pick up that prey,” Aiken explains.
It’s all part of a Crane-specific defence mechanism, and it is an important part of the Crane’s survival.
“It is extremely difficult to remove a spider from a Crane, but if it was to be removed, then you have to find a way to make it disappear.”
Aiken’s spider crane traps have an array of sensors and cameras that help monitor the Crane as it moves.
When a spider is detected, the Crane is released from the spider cage and a trap is activated, which traps the Crane in the spider web.
This web is covered in sticky spider silk and the spider’s scent is attracted to the trap and a spider will then crawl away from it.
Once the Crane has been caught, it will be put into a large container that will stay with it for up to four weeks before being transported to a sanctuary.
If the Crane escapes the Crane web, it then moves onto a new spider colony.
“So what happens to the spider Crane when it is released, what happens if it comes into contact with something else, if it gets caught by something else?”
Dr Aiken asks.
“That’s one of the most exciting things for us.
You get to see how they react.”
The other major advantage is that Aiken says spiders have a habit of returning to the web of the trap.
“When they’re released, they will return to the cage where they were originally caught,” he explains.
“Then they will then move back into the web and that web will stay there for another day or two.”
It is a system that has helped to ensure the survival of the spider cranes in Australia for a very long time.
“In some cases we have seen a few hundred spiders return to their cage,” Dr Aikens research shows.
“We have a web with spiders and a predator, we’re able to detect the spider, we know where the spider is, we track the spider and then when the spider comes back, we’ll take them back to the next web.” “
A great spider Crane is just one of many species that can be found throughout Australia, including the Australian Red-winged Spiders, Black-wing Spiders and Blue-wing and White-wing Spider Cranes. “
We have a web with spiders and a predator, we’re able to detect the spider, we know where the spider is, we track the spider and then when the spider comes back, we’ll take them back to the next web.”
A great spider Crane is just one of many species that can be found throughout Australia, including the Australian Red-winged Spiders, Black-wing Spiders and Blue-wing and White-wing Spider Cranes.
But in the vast majority of cases, spider crane populations are much smaller and the populations are very fragmented.
“Because we have fragmented spider populations, they’re more likely to be caught in the act of taking care of their own spiders and so they’re less likely to return to spider colonies,” Dr Andrew Jevons, a wildlife biologist at the Australian Museum, says.
That’s why spider cranios are so important to Australia’s biodiversity.
It gives the Australian community an opportunity to observe their natural behaviour