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Snake-Eating Spider

Here's something for those of you who are afraid of snakes and spiders: a dramatic photo gallery at The Cairns Post of a redback spider eating a snake!

The email accompanying the images claims a receptionist at an electrical firm came in to work on Tuesday to find the snake caught up in the web. It is believed the snake got caught in the web on Monday night.

Throughout Tuesday, the spider checked on her prey, but on Wednesday she rolled it up and started spinning a web around it. She also kept lifting it higher off the ground, while continually snacking on it.

Redback spider, by the way, is considered one of the most poisonous spiders in Australia: Link | Gallery - via Quiddity

wow. i can't believe that they let such a poisonous spider stay inside the office...and that must've been one helluva strong web to hold that relatively large snake. i have to say it was pretty generous of the workers to let it stay and finish off the snake. i suppose it was something to see. a (hopefully) once in a lifetime opporunity to watch 'thing eat thing'.
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Redbacks are a bitch but usually hide outside under logs and things ie shy. Inside an office??? Bit a snake??? IMHO the snake was ill, dead or fed to it. I am not saying that a redback couldn't bite a small snake but also in an office???? Also Redback webs are small or non-existent.

ps: how exotic is 'Cairns' hey? miles from anywhere in Oz. Bitch to know it is infested by something more dangerous than a redback, another Murdoch ('Fox') publication
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To give you an idea of scale, the biggest redbacks are about the size of a pea. So the snake is probably a hatchling.
Redbacks make their web in dark corners and are normally not aggressive unless provoked. So I guess the office workers were keeping it as a kind of pet.
The pain from the bite is extremely painful and causes massive swelling for days, but not lethal to adults unless the swelling causes an unfortunate blockage (such as the throat). Always check under the seat when using an outside toilet in Australia.
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Tiny snake.

I remember seeing a video of a Sydney Funnel Web (I'm pretty sure that was the spider) vs. a poisonous snake. The spider won and proceeded to turn the snake's head into a mushy syrup.
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The hourglass appears to be on the underside of the spider - although it's probably a redback unless black widow spiders somehow got introduced to Australia.
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Judging from what I see on that website I am never going to Cairns! Spider eating snakes! Gangs attacking firefighters! Pharmacists getting robbed by knifepoint! Toddler killing palmtrees! Hmm but they do have free flights....
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if you follow the link and take a look at the photos - in the 4th pic the snake has a fairly big wound. it doesn't look like a spider caused it. it looks more like a stab hole.
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