Researchers studying interactions between predators and their prey in the Amazon rainforest spotted one encounter with a giant spider that'll leave arachnophobes trembling. Scientists stumbled upon a tarantula "the size of a dinner plate" dragging away an opossum for its own supper — and later discovered it was the first such documentation in recorded history, according to a press release. A group of University of Michigan-led biologists were documenting Amazonian arthropod predators — mostly large spiders, centipedes and a giant water bug — preying on frogs, lizards and snakes near the Andes foothills in Peru when they "heard some scrabbling in the leaf litter" and came across the nightmarish eight-legged creature. "We looked over and we saw a large tarantula on top of an opossum," researcher Michael Grundler said. "The opossum had already been grasped by the tarantula and was still struggling weakly at that point, but after about 30 seconds it stopped … [Read more...] about Giant spider drags away, eats opossum in Amazon rainforest
ARACHNOPHOBES, look away now: a series of terrifying photos showing giant spiders devouring their prey have been revealed. A team of biologists ventured deep into the Amazon rainforest to snap the eight-legged critters during dinnertime – and caught spiders chomping on frogs, lizards and mice. One photo even shows a "dinner plate-sized" tarantula dragging an opossum across the forest floor. The snaps were captured by biologists from the University of Michigan, and published in the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation journal. Researchers aimed to capture interactions between arthropods (segmented invertebrates like spiders and scorpions) and small vertebrates. And during the expedition, plenty of gruesome spider feasting sessions were caught on camera. "This is an underappreciated source of mortality among vertebrates," said Daniel Rabosky, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Michigan. "A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is likely due to … [Read more...] about Disgusting photos of GIANT spiders caught eating frogs, lizards and mice revealed – do you dare look?
SeaWorld put out a stunning video last week of a Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) cracking open its outer shell and seeming to clamber out of itself. The molting process captured in the video out of San Diego is natural. As NOAA Fisheries explains on its website, crabs cannot grow linearly like humans and other soft-skinned creatures. Instead, they periodically bust out of their confining shells and undergo growth spurts, before settling into their new shells. [A Gallery of Creatures That Molt] To pull off this trick, the crab secretes enzymes that separate its inner body from the hard shell, and then it develops a "paper-thin" new shell underneath. This can take weeks, NOAA Fisheries writes. And when it's done, the crab gets ready to move out of its now too-small shell. To pull off that trick, the crab absorbs seawater to swell the spaces in its shell, causing it to start to fall apart. Eventually, the old shell opens up at a seam around the main body, and the crab … [Read more...] about Watch a Giant Spider Crab Bust Out of Its Own Shell in Wild Time-Lapse Video
Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle Published 12:24 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 PHOTOS: The spiders of Texas A large spider was caught on a Fulshear police officer's dashcam footage during a traffic stop last week. The video created an optical illusion that makes the spider appear gigantic.>>> Try to find out which spider it was in the slideshow less PHOTOS: The spiders of Texas A large spider was caught on a Fulshear police officer's dashcam footage during a traffic stop last week. The video created an optical illusion that makes the spider appear ... more Photo: Fulshear Police Department Orb weaver spiderThey may look fearsome but Texans shouldn't fear orb weaving spiders. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, orb weavers may look formidable but aren't considered dangerous and are nonvenomous. They're described as having broad, hard abdomens that are usually … [Read more...] about Giant spider on the prowl! (or so it appears)
ELKHART, Indiana (WTTV) -- It’s something no one wants to come across: a six-inch spider.An employee at Godfrey Marine encountered it while building a boat at work. Jacob Collins, who shared photos of the spider on Facebook, didn’t know what to think at first.He later found out it was a fishing spider—something the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said is relatively harmless despite its terrifying look. The spider’s three-inch leg span allows it to walk on water. It’s often mistaken for a wolf spider, one of the most common large spiders found in Indiana.Collins and his coworkers caught the fishing spider and snapped a few photos of the impressive specimen. They then released it back into the wild.“They found this giant beast on a boat at work today,” Collins wrote in his post. “Beware all Elkhart [County] residents. They are out there and they are real.”As of Thursday morning, his Facebook post about the spider had more … [Read more...] about Man encounters giant spider that can walk on water