Some species of spiders can catch snakes that are 10 to 30 times their size.
What does a spider with a clean palate do when it gets tired of crushing the heavy fare of ordinary insects? Some fresh snakebites may do this. Yes, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Arachnology, some species of spiders sometimes celebrate with snakes. This article is full of pictures to prove it. p>
These three spider families account for 80% of all snake feeding reported to date. In the case of snake victims, these cases documented in nature included 86 species of snakes from seven families, five of which were involved in captivity or scene events. These included brown snakes, lobster snakes, cloth snakes, green snakes, king snakes, neck snakes, runners, red snakes, and rats.
Different families of spiders kill snake prey in different ways. For example, black widows rely on their powerful nets to catch snakes in the vertical sticky tendons of the web. Then the widow wraps the snake in a stickier silk and bites it one or more times to release the neurotoxin. After the snake is stabilized, the widow lifts its prey off the ground - a process that can take several hours - and kills and feeds at its leisure. Advertising plants will not disfigure a tarantula, but they will sting and use a powerful neurotoxin that can quickly immobilize a snake. A 1926 report described how a tarantula grabbed and bit the head of a snake, while the snake tried to move it by holding it. As soon as the poison sets in, the tarantula crushes the snake and pulls out all the soft and interesting parts, leaving an "amorphous mass". Orb spiders also hunt small snakes in their webs, and like widows, they put their prey in silk and make some venomous bites. Then the authors wrote: “The spider then “extracts the thawed tissue through its grain through the digestive tract.” (That is, the spider secretes digestive enzymes from the intestinal tract, which breaks the tissue down into a liquid so it can glide easily.) Spiders usually eat Only a part of the snake and the rest, like ants and bees, and flies are left for whirlwinds. "While the effects of black widow venom on the nervous system of the snake have been well studied, this kind of knowledge is sorely lacking for other groups of spiders," Neffler said. Therefore, more research is needed to identify components of the venom that specifically target the nervous system of vertebrates that allow spiders to paralyze and kill large snakes with their venomous bites." Neville and Gibbons also found that some black widow spiders can outsmart snakes 10 30 times their size, citing For a particularly extreme example documented by National Geographic in 1933, an 8-gram snake caught in a spider web weighed only 0.0225 grams. They wrote, “So this snake was 355 times heavier than a spider snake.” Similarly, a tarantula (which can n to weigh up to 50 grams). Pit vipers have been shown to be much larger and heavier.
DOI: American Journal of Arachnology, 2021. 10.1636 / JoA-S-20-050 (about the DOI).>
Spiders eat snakes oh my god! These pictures prove it
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