Attempted Predation of Western Desert Tarantula by Sonoran Desert Toad

Michael T. Bogan, Drew E. Eppehimer

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Sonoran Desert toads (Incilius alvarius) are known to consume invertebrates, small lizards, other toads, and mice. Here we report an attempt by a Sonoran Desert toad to consume a western desert tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes) at Sabino Canyon, Arizona. Despite nearly being completely swallowed, the tarantula was able to escape after a struggle lasting ≥50 s, likely due to defensive bites and urticating hairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-148
Number of pages3
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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