Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome… to Vermindome, the Pest Arena, where Fantastic Pest Control pits two pests against one another in order to answer the ultimate question no one was asking – who would win a deadly duel? The only rule – you pick the winner, we kill the loser. We’ll present the results next time.
Disclaimer: no real arachnids were harmed during the creation of this duel. It’s strictly for entertainment purposes.
Introducing the Combatants
A giant Huntsman Spider prowls the forest floor in search for a new victim to satiate its colossal appetite. This 4-centimetre arachnid monster is an active hunter and the proud king of the surrounding domain. He doesn’t suspect another talented killer is going his way in order to challenge him and prove once and for all who is the ultimate hunter in this region.
On the other side of the forest, a Spider-hunting Scorpion is proudly walking forth. He has just been attacked by an eight-legged assassin half his size. The red-headed mouse spider immediately regretted that decision as it was mauled down and stabbed in an instant. After all, spiders are this scorpion’s speciality. Where some insects see certain death, he sees a snack. Now the Spider-hunting scorpion is looking for a worthy challenge after his warm-up. And he’s about to find it in the face of the Huntsman Spider standing right in front of him searching for food.
The battle cannot be avoided. The Huntsman spotted the spider-hunting scorpion too late. The scorpion specialises in killing spiders, so this is going to be a tough fight. However, the Huntsman, staying true to his name, is not one to back down. The natural advantage of the scorpion usually comes against smaller enemies. Which means the Huntsman is a unique foe for the aptly named spider-killer due to his unconventional style – he’s fast, he’s agile, and he doesn’t build webs.
Unlike many other spiders, the Huntsman does not utilise webbing in his hunt. Instead, he relies on his speed, stealth, and venom in order to hunt down and kill his prey. The venom is strong enough to immobilise, kill, and start dissolving his typical victims. One bite is usually enough to end it all for bugs and critters around his size. However, this hunting style can also be risky, because the Huntsman needs to get close in order to administer the venom with his enormous, syringe-like fangs.
This is where his speed and the length of his legs come into play. The Huntsman spider has long, agile legs, especially relative to his body. He’s among the biggest spiders in diameter. Size gives him a natural advantage and makes it easy for this master hunter to move around silently, jump on his prey, and deliver the finishing blow with his sharp fangs while holding а tight grip with the front legs.
Due to the nature of the legs, they can also sometimes be a disadvantage (if the spider gets caught, for example). That’s why he has an inherent mechanism of “releasing” the leg when in panic mode. When the joint disconnects, soft tissue covers the wound in order to ensure the spider doesn’t bleed to death.
In the fight against the Spider-hunting scorpion, he would use his speed and agility and would try to defend himself against the stinger with his legs, while avoiding the pincers. Should he get caught, he would probably dislocate his legs and use the element of surprise to go for the finishing blow while the scorpion is still at a disarray. This would definitely be a one-punch deathmatch.
The spider hunter was looking for a challenge and he seems to have finally found it – a huge Huntsman is standing right in front of him. His presence has not been sensed by the spider. Fearlessly, the scorpion marches on. It’s just another spider – so what if he’s got huge legs? He can still be stabbed and killed.
The Huntsman notices the scorpion and prepares for battle. The scorpion has lost the element of surprise. Not that he’s ever needed it. Because of his usual front-line assaults, the Spider-hunting arachnid is used to charging forward and grabbing his victim with the pincers. After that, it’s just a matter of depositing a nice dose of venom through the stinger located at the end of the tail and dinner is served.
What makes the Spider-hunting Scorpion such an efficient spider killer is the fact that when he’s caught in a web, he starts to ferociously wave his pincers and tail around, thus freeing himself from the web. If, however, a spider has been foolish enough to check out its prey in the meantime, it’s almost a sure kill for the scorpion. Spiders aren’t used to lunch getting free from the web, let alone stabbing them to death.
The Spider-hunting Scorpion is also quite adept in actively hunting down his prey. He’s extremely resilient and can live without food for a very long time, so he has no problem being a patient stalker. His “charge head-first, ask questions never” style serves him well against most spiders who aren’t used to being on the defensive.
In the battle against the Huntsman, the scorpion would probably use the same tactic as always. He would count on catching the spider off-guard and literally tearing him limb from limb while injecting him with venom. More of a brawler than a skilled tactician, this is how the scorpion wins most battles – with brute force. Will it work in this case, though? You decide!
The combatants are ready to go. Are you? Brute force vs. agility and speed. Who will win? The decision is yours! Vote for the winner below and find out who won next time, right here on Vermindome, the Pest Arena.