Spider Versus Snake

Oh, Australia: home to everything completely horrifying about the natural world (except volcanoes, surprisingly enough). 

A Golden silk orb-weaver spider can grow up to 5-6.9 cm (2-2.7 in) in body length, not counting the span of its legs. They spin strong yellow webs that are very large and can reach a meter in diameter. A large, strong web can mean only one thing: large, strong prey. These spiders don’t waste their time with the smallest insects and have been known to feed on birds and snakes.

Daniel Reardon happened to come across a brown tree snake about half a meter long that fell out of a tree and into the Golden orb spider’s web. These snakes eat birds, lizards, and small mammals, so it is a fairly formidable opponent.

The fight lasted for about an hour before coming to this horrifying conclusion:

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/spider-versus-snake

Male Spiders Perform Oral Sex On Females

The females of many spider species have evolved giant sizes, and theyre known for extreme sexual behaviors ranging from mate binding and plugging to sexual cannibalism, genital mutilation, and emasculation. With a recently described species of Madagascan spider called Darwins bark spider (Caerostris darwini), the females are several times bigger and over a dozen times heavier than their male mates. According to new findings published in Scientific Reports, they have a rich sexual repertoire that includes oral sexual contact. The males routinely salivate onto female genitalia before, during, and after copulation.

Oral sexual encounters are rarely described in the animal kingdom, except in mammals of course. Macaques, lemurs, bonobos, hyenas, cheetahs, lions, dolphins, and bats are all known to engage in fellatio-like behaviors. Cunnilingus-like behaviors, on the other hand, are ever rarer: Its been observed in bonobos, fruit bats, and fruit flies, and some male birds peck out rival males sperm. Until now, the only spiders known to exhibit oral sexual encounters are the widows.

Darwins bark spider produces giant webs with the worlds toughest silk, and theyre increasingly becoming models in silk research. Their behaviors, however, havent really been studied. So, a team led by Matja Gregori from the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts spent two weeks monitoring a 100-meter (328-foot) transect in Madagascars Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The team analyzed the bark spiders sexual size dimorphism levels and sex ratios and documented their interactions. Back at the lab, they conducted mating trials with 17 virgin females who were older (that is, three to 10 days after maturation). Four of these females were used in a total of nine re-mating trials.

All 29 of the males performed oral sex acts on the females. The male typically hooked one of his fangs to the females copulatory opening, turned his body perpendicular to her, and then secreted fluids from his mouth into her copulatory openings.

Oral sexual contact seems to be an obligate sexual behavior in this species as all males did it before, in between, and after copulations, even up to 100 times, Gregori said in a statement. You can watch a video of their oral sexual encounters here.

The adaptive significance of oral sexual contact in spiders is still unknown. Its possible that it signals the quality of the male or perhaps it reduces sperm competition with chemicals that favor one males sperm over that of another.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/male-spiders-perform-oral-sex-females

Peacock Spiders Celebrating Christmas

Snake Buddies edited scenes of videos by PeacockSpiderMan to make them a little more christmassy. With little instruments and Christmas accesoires we (= >400,000) get to see how these tiny animals would, could and should celebrate the holidays.

via: koreus

Read more: https://www.viralviralvideos.com/2016/12/28/peacock-spiders-celebrating-christmas/

How This Guy Handles A Giant Spider Inside His Home Is A Thing Of Beauty

When you find a large spider in your home that’s not supposed to be there, how do you handle it? Personally, I run screaming to the other room and hope the bug finds its own way out. I know that’s a terrible way to handle the situation, but it’s worked for me so far. However, after watching the footage below, I might have to try a new approach next time.

The video features a guy in Brazil behaving with complete professionalism while handling a seriously huge monster. He’s so skilled, in fact, that he scoops the spider up with his bare hands before placing it in a plastic container. You seriously have to see this nonsense to believe it.

(via The Daily Mail)

While there’s no word on exactly what kind of spider it was, my money is on the Brazilian wandering spider. These things don’t spin webs, they’re nomadic, and they hunt for food wherever they please. They also have powerful venom that causes men to develop painful, long-lasting erections.

Good thing this guy was careful.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/giant-nope-on-the-wall/

There Is A Statue Of Spider-Man With A Giant Boner In South Korea But It’s Being Taken Down

Up, up and away!

1. In 2013, this Spider-Man sculpture was erected at the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan, South Korea.

In 2013, this Spider-Man sculpture was erected at the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan, South Korea.

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2. Just your average, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with a massive boner.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/there-is-a-statue-of-spiderman-with-a-boner-in-south-korea

Creepy And Fascinating Video Of A Black Window Spider Molting

Rumble user Macropod has uploaded a video of a black widow spider molting that is simultaneously fascinating, compellingand creepy.

Female black widows harbor a potent venom containingneurotoxins, substances that destroynerve tissue. Although they have a fierce reputation, a bite is rarely fatal to a healthy adult human. However, the female arachnid is the one to watch out for; the males are totally harmless to humans.

Black widows undergo this molting processabout seventimes in their lifetime at intermittent periods of growth when their exoskeleton becomes too tight. For your viewing pleasure, this process has been sped up in the video below.

Source: Venomous Black Widow molting by Macropod on Rumble

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/creepy-and-fascinating-video-black-window-spider-molting

A Redditor Found An Unexpectedly Gross Surprise In Their Blueberries

When this Reddit user bought a new pack of blueberries, it’s a good thing they thought to wash them.

Most people assume that produce is safe to eat without cleaning first, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take these blueberries, for example. In the pack, they probably looked clean enough.

Bsegovia was about to eat the blueberries in a bowl of cereal.

Thankfully, they didn’t bite down on this one.

Pro: the fruit wasn’t doused in pesticides, so a spider made a little home in the blueberry.

Con: THE SPIDER MADE A HOME IN THE BLUEBERRY.

Spiders aren’t evil insects.

In fact, spider bros can destroy invasive pests, remove unwanted bugs from your home, and keep crops healthy. Unfortunately, they look like eight-legged demons, so they get a bad rap.

…But sorry, spiders. No matter how helpful you can be, this makes me want to run for the hills and never eat fruit again.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/gross-blueberry-discovery/

I Told You Not to Do That! (Video)

I Told You Not to Do That! (Video)

Chris Ballinger plays a prank on fellow YouTuber GloZell Green by using a My Pet Boris app. Her reaction is hilarious and LOUD!

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This Is What Happens When Customs Agents Don’t Inspect Imported Foods

In a world full of spiders, it’s hard to pick just one and nominate it as the creepiest arachnid in existence. However, my personal nominee for creepiest bug ever would have to be the Brazilian wandering spider. Not only is it one of the world’s deadliest creatures, but it likes to wander (as you might have guessed). Basically, this thing doesn’t wait for prey to come to it.

Instead, the Brazilian wandering spider travels around hunting for prey and is, for whatever reason, especially fond of bananas. Even though it’s native to South America, this bug often finds its way to the States by hitching a ride on some bananas. One stock boy learned that lesson the hard way.

What happened to Redditor crackerman2000 a few years ago is an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare. He was stocking some fresh bananas when he found this little guy at the bottom of the crate.

It looks angry if you ask me.

There is an antidote to the Brazilian wandering spider’s bite. Unfortunately, these bites often lead to painful, long-lasting erections before victims are able to access the antidote.

(source: Reddit)

Well, it’s a good thing that crackerman2000 caught this spider before it could bite him. Next time you’re grabbing some bananas at the grocery store, be on the lookout for these things. You definitely don’t want to bring one of them home.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wandering-spider/

Spider Videobombs BBC Scotland News Broadcast (Video)

A big spider makes an appearance during BBC Scotland’s live TV newscast…

via Arbroath