Terrifying amount of prey spiders devour each year revealed for the first time

Spiders devour up to 800 million tons of prey each year, making them one of the world’s most voracious predators, research has shown.

Most of their victims are insects but the largest tropical species occasionally make a meal of vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, fish and small mammals, said experts.

Last year YouTube footage of an Australian Huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of fridge went viral .

There are more than 45,000 species of spider living in all parts of the world with a collective weight of about 25 million

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