Stomach-churning moment ‘world’s biggest spider’ drags away frog for dinner in shocked man’s bathroom
THIS is the stomach-churning moment one of the world’s biggest spiders drags away an unfortunate frog for dinner in a shocked man’s bathroom.
Sujay Shah, 25, recorded the bizarre encounter at his home in Jalpaiguri, India, where he found the duo locked in a life-or-death struggle.
The science student and nature-lover was left stunned at the unusual spectacle.
“I was very happy and excited because I knew I was witnessing a relatively rare event of nature,” he said.
Jason Dunlop and Peter Jäger, arachnid experts from the Berlin Natural History Museum and the Senckenberg Research Institute respectively, agree it was a huntsman spider.
Dr Dunlop said: “In general, large spiders can and will eat small vertebrates like frogs, birds, mice, lizards and even snakes if they get the chance.
“Only the largest spiders do this with any regularity – and huntsman spiders can get quite big.
“But this doesn’t happen often – most spiders eat insects most of the time and none of them are specialist frog eaters.”
Huntsman spiders are renowned for their enormous size – up to a span of 30cm.
They live in warm tropical climates across the world in places such as Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Mediterranean Basin.
They are common in Australia but have been introduced accidentally to parts of the US, Pakistan, India, China, and Japan.