Scorpions Eat Spiders in the Jungles of Guatemala
FINCA TATIN, Guatemala- There are a lot of very large spiders that abound just about everywhere in the jungles of Guatemala — in the trees, on the ground, on the walls and ceilings of just about every human made structure. These large spiders tend to come out at night. Scorpions come out at night, too. In an interesting interplay of nature, the scorpions eat the spiders. Even though the spiders are often much larger than the scorpions the sting from its tail gives them the terminal advantage: one stab from the tail and the spider is scorpion food.
I saw it happened once:
I was washing my hands at a sink and heard a violent ruslte in the palapa leaf roof over my head. I looked up in time to see a spider and a scorpion fall in tandem onto the sink that was right before me. The scorpion had two spider legs in its mouth, the spider was curled up in a ball, dead.
Photos of a scorpion eating a spider
I have noticed a lot of large spiders that are missing their front two legs around the jungles of Guatemala, and I wondered for a couple of months about how this could happen: how was it possible for so many large spiders to be missing their front two legs. The answer now seems simple: scorpions have two claws. In the example that I witnessed, the scorpion snapped off both of the spider’s front two legs with its claws, and was eating them both at the same time. I imagine that the spider may be able to occassionally get away, loosing only a couple appendages in the attack, thus leaving a lot of six legged spiders wandering around in the night.
At night, both the spider and the scorpion are active. They move around my room like pieces on a nocural chess board: the spiders looking for insects to eat, the scorpions remaining still in waiting for a spider to take one errant step: then BAM, it is stabbed with the stinger and legs are snipped off with its claws.
Related pages: Vagabond stung by scorpion
Sources: Scorpion Wikipedia