Video: Spider Devours House Gecko

October 23, 2014

A common house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) in what sounds to be Thailand was caught on video getting eaten by a giant spider and it is pretty  gruesome. The spider has its fangs embedded into the lizard’s neck and is literally sucking the life right out of it.

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The video clip, all three minutes of it shows the lizard in its last throes of life as the spider continues to suck the lizard’s blood out. The spider appears to be a huntsman spider (Sparassidae spp.) so named because of the speed in which it hunts and subdues its prey. They can grow to about 10-12 inches in size.

The common house gecko is native to the Philippine Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, and other countries in Southeast Asia. They are commonly known in each country for the sound that they make. They can be found in many houses throughout the region as well as in areas with lights bouncing of walls, where they are commonly found, eating insects that congregate toward the light during the night. 

John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 


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