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Top 10 Predators

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Top 10 Predators

Either run for your life or face the top 10 most feared predators of the animal kingdom.

10. Tarantula

Tarantula spiders are among the most feared animals on the planet, and with good reason. Not only are they giants, as spiders go, but they are such stealthy and skilled hunters that no small animal that wanders within their grasp stands a chance at survival. The typical hunting modus operandi for tarantulas is to be patient. They lie in wait for a hapless passerby and then pounce without warning. Because of their size, they can reach 5 inches in length with a 12-inch leg span; tarantulas are able to quickly subdue their prey and crush them with their large fangs. Finally, they shower their victim’s body with digestive juices and then lap up the resulting fluid. Delicious!

Related: 10 of the World’s Weirdest Spiders

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5:10AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

The human should be included

3:21PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Interesting. Mother Nature knows what she is doing.

9:43AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

amazing critters! LOVE animal facts!

4:11AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

2:29PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the info. I have to agree that the most alarming predators are the ones that lurk under water! The black mamba and the wolf were beautiful. The picture of the Komodo dragon just made me laugh (which I'm sure would not be my response if I ever met one!). It's making such a funny face that it looks like it needs some sort of lolcat-ish caption :)

12:24PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Good luck running from a piranha! lol

2:42PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Yes many predators out there, we should just leave them alone and not encroach into their environment - the mosquito small as it is, is responsible for millions of deaths through malaria, and the hippo is more dangerous than the lion - we could go on and on, but the animal kingdom is always fascinating. The most dangerous and destructive of them all is of course the human.

8:27AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Interesting

3:47PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Funny how some of these guys seem so fierce and how others just beautiful. Depends on who is doing the judging and I'm not normally a snake kind of person but that Black Mamba looks so glossy and beautiful. My instinct with the wolf and lion is to wrap my arms around their necks. However that's just a fantasy.

3:36PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Interesting article! Thanks!

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