Massive spider eats frog in India in stomach-churning footage caught on camera
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The stomach-churning moment a huge spider drags a frog to its death has been caught on camera.
Scientists agreed it was an exceptional scene after Sujay Shah, 25, recorded the bizarre encounter in his bathroom in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India, where he found the duo locked in a frantic life or death struggle.
He said: "I've loved science and the natural world since my childhood.
"Be it biology or physics, I'm a science student who always seeks answers and is fascinated by the universe and its laws.
“So I was very happy and excited because I knew I was witnessing a relatively rare event of nature.”
Sujay was unsure exactly what species the spider was.
But Jason Dunlop and Peter Jäger, experts from the Berlin Natural History Museum and the Senckenberg Research Institute respectively, agree it was a huntsman spider.
And they think it was from the Heteropoda genus – a group of creatures that includes the largest spider in the world.
Dr Dunlop outline how varied the diet is for that sort of spider.
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He 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. They catch what they can get."
In Mr Shah's footage, the spider's eye can be seen glowing in the dark as it carries off its dinner. The onlooker said that after watching for a minute he left so that nature could take its course.
He said: "I left the place after a while, and when I came back after an hour, it was gone.
"I didn't want to interrupt it. I hope it enjoyed its meal.
"I've seen people tend to kill spiders and other insects because they're 'scary' or maybe some people are scared of venomous insects.
"I think we should stop this practice of harming what we don't like or harming something without knowing much about it."
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