Feb 14, 2006

Assassin for Hire

I hate spiders. I normally appreciate any animal that specifically hunts and eat spiders. Not this one, though, because it is a spider itself.

Allow me to present an Assassin spider. This ugly arachnid has fangs and jaws that are 10 times longer than your average spider's. To keep their oversized mandibles from dragging on the ground, they have grown very long, giraffe-like necks. Once they find a bite-sized spider, they stab it with their venomous fangs - see below.

Though these creatures are truly abominable, they are thankfully tiny. Their size is the only characteristic that mitigates their ugliness.

Photo courtesy: calacademy.org.

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