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Spiders Could Eat Us All

Not to get political, but these are troubling times. Whether people are worried about healthcare, war, immigration, or corruption, there’s a lot of anxiety out there right now. Well, I’m here to tell you none of that really matters, because spiders don’t care about any of that, and they could eat us all if they wanted to.

A recent study by entomologists determined that spiders are everywhere, from the desert, to the tundra, to your house. In a survey of North Carolina homes, they found spiders in 100 percent of them.

Not only that, but experts know that each spider eats a lot — 10 percent of its own body mass every day. To put that in perspective, according to Precision Nutrition, the average person eats about 4 pounds of food every day. If we ate like spiders do, you’d have to imagine a 200 lb guy eating 20 lbs of food in a single day. That’s pretty impressive, but don’t try that at home, except on Thanksgiving.

Given that there are so many spiders all over the world, and they eat so much, biologists have tallied up just how much food the world spider population eats per year: between 400 million and 800 million tons of meat, be it insects, birds, or even mice.

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“Run! He looks hungry!”

As far as the total weight of all humans on Earth, a Huffington Post story estimated that figure at 316 million tons, with the total adult population weighing in at 287 million tons according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. While those two figures are from 2012, and the population has grown since then, it wouldn’t be nearly as high as the 800 million tons that the world’s spiders can eat.

What does all this mean? If spiders decided to us, they could eat all of us in a year, and they’d still be hungry. 

It’s a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of 7 billion people don’t amount to a hill of beans. But spiders could eat all of those beans, and then they could come for us. It really puts things in perspective.

Main image source: “Anterior Eyes of a Female Phanias sp. Jumping Spider – Oregon” byThomas Shahan is licensed under CC BY 2.0