Some Spiders Eat Bats, And Other Interesting Facts
Spiders are as fascinating as they are terrifying, and their behavior can often times appear unusual to the layman viewer. For one thing, spiders vary tremendously when it comes to diet. Some spiders prefer to scavenge, whereas others prefer to eat seeds and plants. Some larger sized spiders can even wolf-down some rodents. One type of spider in particular, the Nephila pilipes, is known to chow-down on bats.
The Nephila pilipes is more commonly referred to as the giant golden orb weaver spider (GGOWS). The GGOWS regularly catch their bat-prey in the large and durable webs that they create. These spiders can be spotted in many different countries, such as India, Australia and Japan. Although female spiders are almost always physically larger than male spiders, the female GGOWS dwarf the males as females can reach lengths of up to twice as long as males. Females are typically measured at being eight inches in length. Bat-eating spider can be found all over the world, but most of them dwell within warmer climates.
Funnel-web spiders are creepy looking creatures with large fangs. Due to this spiders large and menacing fangs it has earned the nickname “the Dracula spider”. Luckily, despite what the fangs may indicate, these spiders enjoy feeding almost exclusively on other bugs. However, entomologists have stated in the past that these spiders will not hesitate to attack and bite if you go near them. But hopefully you would know to avoid getting to know an unrecognizable spider with red and very large fangs. Funnel-web spiders can reach lengths of up to two inches or more. Funnel-web spiders are known for being hard to capture once you have spotted one. This is because these spiders always have a network of underground burrows nearby for quick refuge.
Have you ever spotted a spider with unusually colored fangs?