Tug of war: a Giant Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda sp.) struggles to keep a hold on her precious egg sac as a hungry Banded Forest Gecko (Cyrtodactylus consobrinus) attempts to steal it away. With sometimes over 200 eggs within the papery sac, the female spider guards her eggs ferociously, carrying the bundle in her jaws for several weeks until they hatch. Fortunately for the gecko, this spider seems more concerned with maintaining her grip with her mandibles rather than risking a quick release to bite the offending gecko. Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).
- © Chien C. Lee
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Arachnida, Araneae, Araneomorphae, Borneo, Cyrtodactylus, East Malaysia, Entelegynae, Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Malaysia, Reptilia, Sarawak, Sauria, Southeast Asia, Sparassidae, Sparassoidea, Squamata, animal, arachnid, arthropod, bent-toed gecko, combat, competition, conflict, eat, eating, egg, fauna, feeding, fight, gecko, huntsman spider, invertebrate, lizard, predate, predation, prey, reptile, spider, tropical, wildlife
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- Predators & Prey, Borneo, Other Invertebrates, Reptiles