To accompany “Spiders can take down and feast on surprisingly big snakes”
1. What is a spider and on what do these animals usually feed?
1. What is an Australian redback and what especially dangerous snake has it been documented to take down? How does this spider get and kill a snake-y meal?
2. How many separate accounts of snake eaters did Martin Nyffeler and Whit Gibbons track down for their new analysis? On which continents were the snake-eating spiders found?
3. How many families of spiders have been shown to eat snakes?
4. What type of spiders are the most successful snake slayers, according to the new report?
5. How much bigger than the spider can its snake prey be?
6. What other unusual spider diets has Nyffeler uncovered?
1. The idea of a small spider taking down a big snake is surprising. But why? Describe all aspects of this phenomenon that contribute to making it surprising.