Interspecies Conflict/Clashing Creatures


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1. Shrew vs. Grasshopper Mouse
2. Six Eyed Sand Spider vs. Camel Spider
3. Formica Rufa vs. Bullet Ant
4. Bulldog Raspy Cricket vs. Spiny Leaf Insect
5. Capybara vs. Beaver
6. Great Albatross vs. Bald Eagle
7. Great Gray Owl vs. Great Horned Owl
8. Koala vs. Raccoon
9. Russell's Viper vs. Saw Scaled Viper

Now for some Odd Matchups.

1. Giant Centipede vs. Praying Mantis
2. Gila Monster vs. Goliath Birdeater
3. Lioness vs. Silverback Gorilla
4. Chimpanzee vs. Peccary
5. Giraffe vs. Hippo

I'll read em when I seez em!

Hello Max.

1. Shrew vs Grasshopper Mouse: This depends on the type of shrew.  Some shrews have a decent size advantage over the mouse (which would likely favor the shrew) and others are much smaller (which would likely favor the mouse).  Some shrews, like the Northern short-tailed shrew, can produce poison in their salivary glands to paralyze prey.  This might swing things back into the shrew's favor even if it is giving up a little bit of weight.  The grasshopper mouse is a stocky rodent that feeds on scorpions, beetles, grasshoppers, & smaller mammals (which it kills with a bite to the back of the neck).  It is innovative when it hunts, avoiding scorpion stings and the chemical warfare of various beetles (by shoving their dangerous ends in the dirt).  Shrews are famous for their aggressive nature, but a grasshopper mouse can be fierce as well.  A parity fight will be close with the mouse and a non-poisonous shrew, but the mouse will need a small weight advantage to overpower a poisonous shrew while avoiding its bite.

2. Six Eyed Sand Spider vs Camel Spider: The camel spider is much larger than the six-eyed sand spider.  The camel spider has mouthparts that form into a pincer-like shape, and these can be used to cut into other animals.  The six-eyed sand spider is very venomous creature, but operates by ambush.  The camel spider would probably be able to seize the smaller six-eyed sand spider before receiving a bite itself.  Camel spider wins.

3. Formica Rufa vs Bullet Ant: Formica rufa (red wood ant) is smaller than the bullet ant, but has the ability to expel formic acid from its abdomen.  The bullet ant is famous for having an extremely painful sting (sometimes compared to being shot).  A meeting between these 2 will likely start out as a battle of the jaws (which will favor the larger bullet ant), but a preemptive strike by Formica rufa will give it the edge.  It may come down to whether or not Formica rufa can employ its chief weapon before being seized, and I don't think it will be able to on most occasions.  The bullet ant, being larger, can dispatch the red wood ant with its jaws if it attacks first.  Edge to bullet ant.

4. Bulldog Raspy Cricket vs Spiny Leaf Insect: The spiny leaf insect is larger than the bulldog raspy cricket, but doesn't have any means of offense.  The bulldog raspy cricket has the ability to predate upon other animals (thus it has an offense), and although it may have difficulty penetrating the tough areas of the spiny leaf insect, it is better equipped to engage in this (or any other) battle.  Edge to bulldog raspy cricket.

5. Capybara vs Beaver: A capybara can weigh twice as much as a beaver.  In this battle of the 2 largest rodents in the world, the capybara and the beaver have similar builds (the tail being the primary difference) overall, and the weaponry of each is a strong bite with sharp incisors.  There's nothing major that promotes one over the other in regards to combat other than size, and that advantage goes to the capybara.  Capybara wins.

6. Great Albatross vs Bald Eagle: A great albatross can weigh over 2/3 heavier than a bald eagle.  An albatross has the greatest wingspan of modern birds (over 3.3 meters), but isn't as well-armed or equipped for battle as an eagle.  A bald eagle has powerful talons that can seriously injure an albatross, and it has greater maneuverability in the air.  Bald eagle wins.

7. Great Gray Owl vs Great Horned Owl: The great gray owl has a greater wingspan than the great horned owl, but is not quite as heavy.  Both birds are excellent hunters with dangerous talons, but the great horned owl is a bit more powerful overall.  Edge to great horned owl.

8. Koala vs Raccoon: A koala will typically outweigh a raccoon by 50%.  Koalas seem cute & cuddly, but they can be quite temperamental & aggressive when annoyed.  They don't like to expend a great deal of energy if they don't have to.  Koalas have sharp claws to scratch with, and will also bite.  They sometimes wrestle with one another.  A raccoon is a feisty fighter with sharp teeth and a rotund body.  The forelimbs of the koala will be good assets in this battle, and it should be able to claw and bite the smaller animal effectively enough to force a retreat.  A big raccoon might turn the tables against an average-sized koala, but a typical battle will favor the larger animal.  Koala wins.

9. Russell's Viper vs Saw Scaled Viper: These snakes have similar attributes & abilities (venomous bites, fast strikes, etc.), but the Russell's viper is a bit larger.  Although this may come down to which snake gets in the first good bite, I favor the larger and more powerful Russell's viper to prevail more times than not.  Edge to Russell's viper.

1. Giant Centipede vs Praying Mantis: The giant centipede measures over twice as long, and is covered by a protective exoskeleton.  It is an aggressive hunter, and can inject venom into its victims.  The praying mantis has front legs that can bend to capture prey items.  The giant centipede will likely be too large for the praying mantis to easily hold, and the mantis will have a hard time defending itself against the centipede's attack.  Giant centipede wins.

2. Gila Monster vs Goliath Birdeater: The Gila monster can weigh several times as much as the goliath birdeater spider.  Gila monsters have powerful limbs, but are slow movers.  They primarily eat small mammals and eggs, and can bite aggressively with their sharp teeth in order to introduce venom into their victim's blood stream.  The goliath birdeater is a massive tarantula that ranks at the top among the world's largest spiders (and usually eats small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians).  It has long fangs and a venomous bite, but it isn't large enough to overpower a Gila monster.  If a Gila monster decided to chomp on the goliath birdeater, it would easily dispatch the spider.  Gila monster wins.

3. Lioness vs Silverback Gorilla: A silverback gorilla can weigh 15-25% more than a lioness.  Lionesses are excellent hunters, and commonly come into conflict with a variety of dangerous animals (Cape buffalo, hyenas, zebra, crocodiles, etc.).  A lioness has all of the typical big cat attributes & abilities (speed, agility, athleticism, explosive action, killing know-how, etc.) and is armed with powerful jaws, sharp teeth, and sharp claws.  A silverback gorilla is a male gorilla (typically around age 12) that has silverish hair along its back.  He is charged with the defense of his troop, and will fight to the death to protect it.  Gorillas are extremely strong primates with long, powerful arms that can span 2 1/2 meters.  They can bite with a lot of force and have sharp upper canines.  Gorillas occasionally cross paths with leopards (which are usually half the weight of lionesses), and these cats have been known to predate on them (by ambush).  Gorillas don't have experience battling animals outside their own species, but their physical attributes make them capable adversaries.  They usually fight by pulling & biting, and the forceful motion of their arms during a struggle can potentially be impactive.  The gorilla will have more brute strength than the lioness, but it won't have an effective enough means of using that advantage before the cat uses its speed & agility to get into a favorable position and sink in a finishing bite (throat or spine).  A lioness is practiced at tackling animals larger than itself (including ones that fight back well), and it will have a better idea of what it needs to do in this fight than the gorilla will.  It's reasonable that the gorilla's fierce resistance may convince the lioness to break off her attack on occasion, but a typical gorilla/lioness encounter will be trouble for the ape.  A maximum-sized gorilla (209kg) will be a reasonably close match for an average-sized lioness (127kg), but max vs max or average vs average will favor the lioness.  Lioness wins.

4. Chimpanzee vs Peccary:  A chimpanzee can weigh about 50% more than a large peccary.  Chimpanzees are strong primates, and can be aggressive at times, but usually employ a defensive display to intimidate rivals as opposed to physically engaging them.  They have good mobility, use of their hands, and a dangerous bite to serve them in a conflict.  Chimpanzees don't have the ability to easily dispatch another large animal solo like true predators (like big cats) can.  Peccaries look like little wild boars, and are armed with sharp tusks to slash adversaries with.  They can be tough prey items for jaguars, so a chimpanzee with no experience dealing with this type of animal will have trouble in a battle with one.  The chimpanzee will be the stronger animal, but won't have the know-how to proceeed offensively without getting tusked.  Edge to peccary.

5. Giraffe vs Hippo: The hippo will weigh about 50% more than the giraffe, and its shoulder height will be about 1' below the giraffe's belly.  Giraffes are typically peaceful creatures, and usually attempt to run from danger.  However, when forced to defend themselves (usually from lions), they can kick strongly with their hooves (kicks from the back legs are especially powerful).  Hippopotamuses have large jaws with imposing canines, and these sharp-edged teeth can cause serious wounds to any opponent.  Hippos can be very aggressive & territorial in or near water, but aren't as comfortable when completely on land.  Although they are capable of quick bursts of speed on land, they don't have the greatest mobility or stamina there.  A giraffe is capable of seriously injuring a hippopotamus with a well-placed kick, but it will likely give way to a hippo determined to rumble.  A hippo's jaws will be a threat to the giraffe's extremities, but attempting a bite will put its head in range of the giraffe's offense.  Both can win, but the likely scenario will have the aggressive hippo bullying the more docile giraffe into a retreat (they will normally coexist peacefully, though).  A giraffe infused with unnatural ill will toward the hippo would have a good chance of repelling it with kicks, but as is it won't have that kind of determination.  Overall edge to hippo.

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

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