The spider that killed the opossum had a body that’s bigger than a baseball, and that doesn’t count the legs. The opossum was about the size of a softball.
They talked to mammalogists, who said it appeared to be the first documented case of a spider eating an opossum.
The spider had grabbed the opossum — a small furry creature known as a mouse opossum — by the neck and it was still twitching when the scientists found the pair. They watched for about five minutes and were able to document the moment on video, before the spider hauled its prey behind a tree root to enjoy its meal in peace.
These are not common events to observe, period. Any kind of predation event involving a vertebrate, whether it’s a snake eating a frog or a bird eating a lizard — all of these are very rare,” said Dan Rabosky, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan.