Ants Devour Entire Gecko in 24 Hours

Safari_ants - Photo by Mehmet Karatay
Safari ants. Photo by Mehmet Karatay.

Ants are pretty underrated. We don’t take them very seriously because they’re common house pests, and we can easily pick them up and squish them between our fingers. But, despite their diminutive size, ants are pretty badass. Frighteningly so, in fact.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.04.27 PM The gecko in the photo above is about to serve as a demonstration for the badass power. Watch these ants turn this into a pile of bones in mere hours…

We go from this:

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To this:

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Ant_head_closeup - Photo by Steve Jurvetson
Ant head closeup. Photo by Steve Jurvetson.

Different species of ants are known for different forms of badassery. For example, when caught in a flood, red fire ants will link their heads and bodies together to form a raft. Meanwhile, male driver ants are willing to die for the chance to have sex with the queen driver ant.

But the majority of ant species are better known for another even more shocking ability: the power to overwhelm and devour animals much bigger than themselves. And that is just what happens in the timelapse below…

In a sobering video, a colony of ants happens upon a dead gecko and begins a horrifying process. In little over 24 hours, the tiny insects manage to swarm the gecko’s lifeless body and strip every bit of flesh from bone. Some of the ants even drag parts of the gecko’s skeleton away!


Can you imagine what the world would be like if ants were the size of cats or dogs? We humans wouldn’t stand and chance, and neither would the rest of Earth’s major terrestrial predators. The ants would overwhelm us and leave our bleached skeletons in their wake. *Shudder* We’re very lucky that ants are merely minor house pests!

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