What”s more terrifying than a giant spider or a giant snake? How about a giant spider that can trap and eat a giant snake. This may sound like something out of a horror movie, but the Australian Golden silk orb-weaving spider can do just that.
This was a horrifying fact Daniel Reardon learned when he happened upon a struggling brown tree snake that fell into the web of an orb-weaving spider.
Golden silk orb-weaving spiders are pretty big members of the spider family. They can grow to be around 2 to 2.7 inches in body length, not counting their leg span.
These spiders don”t waste their time on small insects. They go for the big prey. Orb-weaving spiders are known to trap and feed on various types of snakes and birds.
As you can infer from their name, brown tree snakes love to spend their days in trees. They”re mostly nocturnal, and prey on birds and small rodents.
While they”re good climbers, brown tree snakes falter and fall out of their tree every once in a while. This can lead to some gruesome scenes, and a feast for an enterprising orb-weaving spider.
This particular brown tree snake was around three feet long and put up an hour-long fight with this spider before the end. Here”s the terrifying video of the aftermath of the battle.
Warning. It”s not for the faint of heart.
H/T: IFL Science
This particular species of terrifying orb-weaving spiders are mostly found in Australia. However, some orb-weaving species exist in the Americas. Luckily, they”re not nearly as vicious. I don”t think I could handle running into one of these in the wild.