Grammostola quirogai vs. snake

MiaRich

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I just read this article about Grammostola quirogai being found in the wild eating a large snake. http://www.sciencealert.com/a-taran...d-scientists-have-never-seen-anything-like-it This first article I read said this tarantula has no venom. Being skeptical, as I find that unbelievable, I did my research. The original article, published in Herpetology Notes, states only that they found it feeding on the snake and nothing on how venomous it is. http://www.biotaxa.org/hn/article/view/23156/25075
The second article, on LiveScience.com, was more believable and also didn't say anything about it not having venom, only that "there are no studies of G. quirogai venom". http://www.livescience.com/57424-wild-tarantula-eats-snake.html
So again it seems that sensualized news is being pushed over factual news. If anyone asks (and I know I get asked as I'm the resident "spider lady") then please state the facts. Yes, they found a tarantula in the wild eating a snake, no they don't know for sure how it was killed, and there have been no studies to prove how this T's venom works.

What do you all think?
 

cold blood

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Ive seen nat geo footage of a Lasiodora sp taking down and eating a fer de lance....and the lp wasnt even full grown....maybe 6"
 

gypsy cola

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I just think it is interesting, that's it. More like a "huh" moment. Being in the hobby I expect most articles to be wrong on a few details when it comes to tarantulas. I am actually shocked when they get the latin name correct.
 

gypsy cola

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Ive seen nat geo footage of a Lasiodora sp taking down and eating a fer de lance....and the lp wasnt even full grown....maybe 6"
I think one of the articles mention something about a scenario created by scientist. I think it was referring to this.
 

Venom1080

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being a Grammostola i doubt its venom was the cause. probably got the first bite in on its head or neck and hung on with its 2cm fangs. tarantulas are ninjas.
cool story btw, thanks for sharing.
 
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