Tiny spiders hunt frogs and lizards THREE times their size

With a body measuring just one inch long, the regal jumping spider might not seem like much of a threat.

But, researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures can take down frogs and lizards up to three times their own size, allowing them to devour the vertebrates that would potentially prey on them otherwise.

A new study documents several observations of this bizarre behaviour for the first time, and the experts now suspect it gives these small arachnids a survival advantage.

With a body measuring just one inch long, the regal jumping spider might not seem like much of a threat. But, researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures can take down frogs and lizards up to three times their own size

With a body measuring just one inch long, the regal jumping spider might not seem like much of a threat. But, researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures can take down frogs and lizards up to three times their own size

HOW PERSONALITY AFFECTS HUNTING 

In a recent study, researchers from the the National University of Singapore sorted ortia labiate jumping spiders into two personality groups: docile and aggressive.

Each was given the choice between large pray and small prey, with the larger prey being the correct or 'accurate choice.'

Typically, decision-making involves a speed-accuracy trade off in which quick decisions result in less accuracy.

This is true for humans, and the scientists thought the same would be the case for the spiders as well.

The results showed that the aggressive spiders made quicker decisions, but surprisingly, they didn't sacrifice accuracy and chose the larger prey just like the docile spiders.

The regal jumping spider is found commonly throughout Florida, and is one of the biggest jumping spiders in the world, according to National Geographic.

In a new study published to the Journal of Arachnology, scientists conducted an internet survey on vertebrate

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