A chicken-eating spider

by Gene on May. 09th, 2007

Not a chicken eating a spider. But a giant spider eating a dead chicken. More photos here.

Seriously, what more do I need to say?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

My secret (or not-so-secret now!) shame is that I'm pretty arachnophobic. I'm fascinated and repulsed at the same time. And I'm working on it, because I don't want to pass such a silly, irrational fear on to my little girls. But I have to say that this picture makes me want to run around screaming.

I read a fascinating article in the March 5, 2007, issue of the New Yorker ("Spider Woman: Hunting venomous species in the basements of Los Angeles") about a researcher who collects spider venom in the hopes of developing new medicines from them. The article is full of jaw-dropping facts, but here's my favorite one:

"One Dutch researcher estimates that there are some five trillion spiders in the Netherlands alone, each of which consumes about a tenth of a gram of meat a day. Were their victims people instead of insects, they would need only three days to eat all sixteen and a half million Dutchmen."

I think that speaks volumes about the importance of spiders in the ecosystem--think about how many insects they're consuming, and what the world would be like without them.

Of course, there are no spiders like this chicken-eating one in the Netherlands. Wonder how much these guys need to eat each day?

posted on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 11:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

don't feel so shamed Liza. I have been robbed with a weapon on three occassions and my heart never took a fall. I was surprisingly calm even so that on the second the offender was looking at me strangely. But when it comes to spiders especially on the car... my fiance is harrassed until she removes them.

posted on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 10:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

oh my gosh spiders are scary

posted on Sat, 06/23/2007 - 4:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i really hate spiders so scary crawling down my back

posted on Sun, 06/24/2007 - 12:01pm
may may's picture
may may says:

even tho spiders scar me they fascinate me more an i got a tarantula and now i love dem!!! they are incredible to watch...well if you take the time to watch them and i think it jus amazing how important they are and yet so many people are afraid of them. can u imagine wat the world would be like without them??

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 9:49am
holly warner's picture
holly warner says:

i have like 70 pet spiders and they are soooooo cute sadly my family dont share my love of spiders

posted on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 1:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what is a chicken eating spider?

posted on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 11:18pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A spider that eats chickens. Follow the link in the original post.

posted on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 4:25pm

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