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58,439 views • March 1, 2019

Scientists Record Massive Tarantula Dragging Opossum Through Jungle

lorenz duchamps
A tarantula the size of a dinner plate was recorded by scientists as it dragged a young opossum across the leaf-litter of the Amazon jungle. The grizzly encounter, documented for the first time, featured in a journal article that showcases attacks on small mammals by arthropods—mostly spiders—witnessed by zoologists in the Peruvian jungle. A couple of times a year, biologists from the University of Michigan take a trip to Peru to study predator-prey interactions, often at night, when the ambush predators come to life.
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