Snake Versus Spider

20 Apr

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of — a giant spider slowly killing a snake snared in its web.

Cairns man Ant Hadleigh photographer this creepy encounter in a friend’s backyard on Wednesday.

He told ninemsn he spotted the brown tree snake snared in the golden orb spider’s enormous web.

“The snake was probably a few feet long and the spider about the size of your hand,” Mr Hadleigh said.

Mr Hadleigh, who runs rainforest tours in Cape York, said he had witnessed some amazing things in the tropics but this took the cake.

“It’s definitely one of the most interesting things I’ve seen. I never would have thought that the web would have been strong enough to hold a snake that size,” he said.

The backyard battle lasted several hours before the snake finally succumbed to the spider’s deadly venom, he said.

“The snake kept on trying to reach up and attack the spider and every time the spider would just run up to the top of the web.”

“You could see the spider just chewing into the snake and the part the spider was eating had gone all black. It was pretty disgusting.”

The scene is reminiscent of photos taken near Cairns in 2008 of a golden orb spider devouring a bird



Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


38 responses to “Snake Versus Spider

  1. Zen and Genki

    May 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Ack! S-H-U-D-D-E-R!!!! Heebie-jeebies all over!
    (but two mighty fine photos!!)

    • The Emu

      May 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

      We have a few little creatures here but normall we get on well with them , hehe
      Cheers and thanks for the visit
      Aussie Emu

  2. giselzitrone

    April 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Wünsche dir eine gute Woche lieber Gruss Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      April 25, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Hi Gislinde, greeting from Australia and wishing you a great day

  3. jennygoth666

    April 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    cant wait to get off this site lol got the creeps big time cant even type the word lol hi emu no need to get rid of me this way lol xjen

    • The Emu

      April 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

      I will try to change the subject of my Emu posts just for you Jen, lol

  4. michiko san

    April 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Emu,
    I thinking about you but why I don’t write to you before?
    I hope you will be very happy man.

    • The Emu

      April 25, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Hi my dear friend Michiko, lovely to hear from you and hope you are well and happy
      Anzac day here in Mildura but guess you are having Anzac day in your town too
      Wishing you well Michiko

  5. Alex Autin

    April 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Fasinating story! I’ve encountered a few golden orb spiders in northern Queensland and they’re quite awesome. I may have to post about this!

    • The Emu

      April 25, 2012 at 6:06 am

      Quite an interesting spectacle to see these birds in action
      I saw many in my army days, do an indepth blog on them Alex

  6. kate58

    April 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Any spiders or snakes I see I kill! 😉

    • The Emu

      April 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

      You wont be any good here then Kate,unless you got this old Emu to look after you lol

  7. Androgoth

    April 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Those creepy creepers get
    around that’s for sure 😦 Luckily
    it wasn’t needing a dessert 😦


    • The Emu

      April 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      All harmless mate to us big bwave Aussie boys
      All in a days work for us , lol
      Cheers mate

  8. Ina

    April 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm


    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      We get used to them here my dear friend Ina but what we have learnt here in Australia is to not sleep with our mouths open , lol
      Cheers and wishing you happiness

  9. Sue Dreamwalker

    April 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I remember you posting or emailing me the spider eating the bird Emu.. Very impressive photo’s, and to say I have over come my fear of spiders and now live happily with them here, They dont even compare in size or venom to yours over there. The biggest I have captured in my home had a leg span about the width of a Pint pot glass,as I just managed to catch it under the glass without catching its legs.. And that was plenty big enough believe me..
    Nature is always full of suprises…
    Thanks for sharing, even though I did give an involuntary shudder! 🙂
    Have a Great Weekend too.. ~Sue x

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      We get used to them here my dear friend Sue, but what we have learnt here in Australia is to not sleep with our mouths open , lol
      Cheers and wishing you happiness

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        April 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Lol…:-) good job I don’t snore then,, 😉 Or I may get more meat to go with my Veggie’s from the garden 🙂

        • The Emu

          April 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

          Hi Sue , how you doing girl ? here in the middle of moving again
          Getting to old for this bullshit moving and cleaning caper
          Will be back on deck in the next week or so
          Cheers Emu

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            April 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

            Hi Emu. You got Itchy Feet or what? But go with your Gut, or that of Ana’s 🙂 😉 for we move where we need to be.. and as you know~ Things are Moving!! .. Im fine my friend thanks for dropping by.. ~Sue

          • The Emu

            April 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

            Hi Sue , no itchy feet , just the bastards decided to sell the house I was renting so moved over the road and setting up again
            That has tested our relationship quite well and so far we are still talking.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            April 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

            Oh Dear!… well at least you are still speaking! I thought you maybe wanting to move closer to those Lovely new Gandchildren, so you can experience first hand the Joys of Grandparents as we are left in charge while Parents go working! Lol.. 🙂 😉 x

          • The Emu

            April 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

            Got there finally Sue , but no more bloody moving ,gonna buy a bloody tent

  10. natswans

    April 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Pretty gruesome Emu and very interesting at the same time. That must have been a very big spider , I didn’t know whether to feel sorry for the snake or not. But I would feel very alarmed on seeing it devour a little bird.
    Congratulations are the order of the day I see .
    Have a smashing weekend
    Hug Sheila

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      We get used to them here my dear friend Sheila but what we have learnt here in Australia is to not sleep with our mouths open , lol
      Cheers and wishing you happiness

  11. Sabina Brave

    April 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

    For me it’s some kind of nightmare… Brrr
    Have a good weekend Ian 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Creepy crawlies are no big problem in Australia dear Sabina
      But we dont sleep with our mouths open here, lol
      Aussie Emu

  12. giselzitrone

    April 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Einen schönen guten Morgen ja mit Spinnen hab ich es ja nicht so Grüsse lieb und wünsche dir ein gutes weekend Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Grüße lieber Freund, in der Hoffnung, alles ist gut mit Ihnen
      Australian Krabbeltiere sind okay, wenn du sie kennen lernen
      Wir gerade nicht mit dem Mund öffnen, hier zu schlafen, lol
      Prost Mädchen

  13. prenin

    April 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Sounds like a good place to avoid!!! LoL!!! 🙂

    A spider so big it can eat birds and snakes?!! YEESH!!!

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Our biteys are no probs mate when ya get to know them
      But no one here in Aussie sleeps with their mouth open
      Cheers mate

  14. ~Mystique sunshine~

    April 20, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Hi Emu.. Ive always feared spiders, lizards and every other relative of theirs.. 🙂 Mice dont scare me.. I find them rather cute..:) Wouldnt want to get anywhere near that guy.. or girl.. Both the prey and the predator.. 🙂
    Sending a million smiles all the way to Australia to you and Ana.. 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Cheers Princess, our bugs and biteys are harmless when you get to know them
      But here in Australia no one sleeps with their mouth open
      Cheers girl and keep smiling

  15. magsx2

    April 20, 2012 at 2:41 am

    That is just amazing, you would think the snake could curl up and get the spider but obviously not. I wouldn’t like to see something like that, I think it would give you nightmares.

    We breed them big in OZ. 🙂

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Saw this once before mate up in Tully QLD with the bird eating spiders
      It really is something to see and for tourists quite unbelievable

  16. Angel O'Fire

    April 20, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Kind of gives new meaning to twisted webs, nice blog emu, ewww friggin snakes and spider’s over here in the land down under make my skin literally crawl, amazing how mother nature’s food chain works, the hunter becomes the hunted, and the prey becomes the trophy

    • The Emu

      April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Hi girl , nice to hear from you , last of the bloody litter arrived yesterday, a boy
      Both boys take after their grandad, black black hair , handsome with big appendages like tha old Emu
      Cheers girl and keep smiling


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