Spider kills deadly brown snake (No, really!)
Farmer and photographer Patrick Lees said it was the first time he had seen a spider kill a snake. “I’ve heard about it, but I’ve never seen it, let alone a daddy-long-legs,” Mr Lees said.
The farmer found the snake on his property at Weethalle, near West Wyalong in central west New South Wales, on Saturday. The snake was a juvenile about one metre long.
Mr Lees has left it in the web, where a group of spiders has begun spinning a web over the snake’s face and tail. “I’m not going to deny them their victory,” he said.
The photo, taken over the weekend, shows a daddy-long-legs spider stringing up its prey — a lethal brown snake.
The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider’s web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they’ll bite it,” Mr Milledge said. The Australian Museum lists the daddy-long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world’s most poisonous.