HUGE Spider Drags Opossum across Amazon Rainforest Floor in Haunting Footage!!!

HUGE Spider Drags Opossum across Amazon Rainforest Floor in Haunting Footage!!!

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A dinner plate-sized tarantula with a BIG appetite preyed on a young opossum during a recent hunt in the Amazon rainforest — & the horrifying encounter was caught on tape.

Biologists at the University of Michigan (U of M) studied rare predator-prey interactions, particularly between arthropods & small vertebrates, over the course of a few years in the lowland rainforest located near the Andes foothills. They detailed 15 different predation events in a paper published in "Amphibian & Reptile Conservation" on Thursday.

“This is an underappreciated source of mortality among vertebrates,” Daniel Rabosky, an evolutionary biologist at U of M who leads a team of researchers to the Amazon rainforest about once or twice a year, said in an online statement.

“A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is likely due to arthropods such as BIG spiders & centipedes.”

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