Giant tarantulas are known for their carnivorous diet, which often includes birds and small rodents, but researchers in Peru just captured a large mygalomorph spider preying on one of the largest meals ever seen.
In the video below, the massive arachnid is preparing to feast on a young opossum. The footage was captured by National Geographic Wild during a night time survey in the Peruvian forest.
Scientist from the University of Michigan found the giant spider while studying interactions between arthropods and small vertebrates in the Amazon rainforest. They have hypothesized that arthropod predators are responsible for a larger number of vertebrate deaths than was originally predicted.
Spiders like this are capable of taking down mammals of equal size thanks to their large jaws, fangs, and (in some cases) venom.
Watch the video below to see for yourself!