Recently a struggling fight between a snake and crocodile trends on the web. After 5 hours of battle the snake wins, but not today. It seems that those fearless sizzling creatures aren’t always the winner in their natural food chain because one snake was about to be the prey. And guess who the predator is? A spider, yes you read it right a Golden silk orb-weaver spider.
At Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Daniel Reardon happened to come across a Brown Tree Snake about half a meter long that fell out of a tree and trapped into the Golden Orb Spider’s web.
The Golden Orb devoured the snake who struggled to survive for more than an hour, while the spider’s venom slowly coursed through its sinuous body, killing it.
The Golden Silk Orb-Weavers are known for the impressive webs they weave. These spiders are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns built into their webs.
Female Golden Silk Orb-Weaver can be up to 7.2 inches toe to toe while the males are 2/3 that size. They spin strong yellow webs that are very large and can reach a meter in diameter which they use to catch small birds, lizards, and small mammals like bats and snakes. But don’t worry they are not aggressive toward humans but they will bite if they feel threatened and cannot escape.
Watch this truly incredible video:
H/T: Daniel Reardon