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What Eats A Spider?

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What Eats A Spider? Photo:George Chernilevsky

What eats spiders?

What do spiders eat?

Spiders certainly must look ferocious to the insects and other creatures they eat. But to many animals, spiders look delicious.

Many birds eat spiders. So do many types of wasps, which first paralyze the spiders by stinging them, and then carry them away to eat them or to lay eggs on them so that their young can eat them.

Most mammals and reptiles that eat insects—called insectivores—will also eat spiders. Insectivores include bats and shrews, among hundreds of insect- and spider-eating species.

Some types of monkeys also occasionally appreciate a spider snack. Many animals that eat spiders like to rub the prickly hairs off of them first.

And, what does a spider eat? Most species eat insects. One or two species can swim, and eat fish. And some are large enough to eat small rodents and other creatures!

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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