Giant Amazon Spider Preys on Opossum | Nat Geo Wild

  • Published on:  Friday, March 1, 2019
  • During a night survey in the Peruvian forest, scientists saw a spider catch this remarkable meal.
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    This is the first video documentation of a large mygalomorph spider preying on an opossum. While surveying in northern Peru, a team of scientists from University of Michigan found a tarantula dragging a young opossum along the ground. The team was studying interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in a lowland Amazon rainforest. The study found that arthropod predations accounted for a surprising amount of mortality amongst Amazonian vertebrates. Amazonian spiders tend to rely on modified jaws, massive fangs, and venom to capture vertebrates.

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  • Nat Geo WILD

    Nat Geo WILD

     10 months ago +102

    Amazonian spiders tend to rely on modified jaws, massive fangs, and venom to capture vertebrates. To learn more, you can read on here:

  • Jon Hamblin

    Jon Hamblin

     6 days ago

    Bad night for that pygmy 'possom

  • Cartoonmakers LEGOS

    Cartoonmakers LEGOS

     14 days ago

    That tarantula is a burgedy Goliath birdeater or king baboon

  • cuhn


     21 days ago

    I would never by that off amazon

  • YaTo Mamamo

    YaTo Mamamo

     21 days ago +2

    That's why they burned the Amazon.

  • Evan Wright

    Evan Wright

     28 days ago


  • Atahualpa Inca

    Atahualpa Inca

     1 months ago

    People say robber flies give other bugs nightmares? Spiders give invertebrates and vertebrates Neverending terror

  • N9c0b


     1 months ago


  • RyiT. 18

    RyiT. 18

     1 months ago


  • Nymphadora Tonks

    Nymphadora Tonks

     1 months ago


  • Cyborg Playa

    Cyborg Playa

     1 months ago

    Now I know why the rainforest is on fire



     1 months ago

    CUHH got caught!

  • Hector


     2 months ago

    I'm in denial.

  • Jesse Simmons

    Jesse Simmons

     2 months ago

    This makes me happy that the amazon is burning

  • the whole

    the whole

     2 months ago

    Nope. Nope. Hella nope.

  • ReaverPrime


     2 months ago

    HANS! Get ze flammenwerfer!

  • A F

    A F

     3 months ago

    That was awesome!

  • John Carlo Ruiz

    John Carlo Ruiz

     3 months ago

    What tarantula was that? Doesn't look like a t.blondi

  • Whitese7en


     3 months ago

    Mommy get Real Kill!!

  • khireddine nazim

    khireddine nazim

     3 months ago

    moving to march planet after i saw this