Blink And You'll Miss This Spider's Bite
Some spiders spring-load their jaws to hunt prey with lightning-fast bites.By Evan Thomas | April 7, 2016
Spiders aren't just fast runners or gifted jumpers. Researchers with the Smithsonian Institution say some hunt prey with a lightning-fast bite, too.
Trap-jaw spiders live in New Zealand and South America. They're little brown ground spiders with an unusual hunting style.
They hold their jaws open while they stalk prey, then snap them shut like a mousetrap. It's fast — blink-and-you'll-miss-it-several-times fast. Scientists have never seen spiders take fast bites like this before.