If you don't suffer from arachnophobia, after watching this video you might. Horrifying footage of an extremely large spider in Australia has hit the web, but it's alarming size is not the reason for all the raucous. The spider in the video is eating a 20 inch snake.
The video shows the spider holding a live snake in its grasp. The snake tries to escape by writhing around, but cannot escape the eight legged predator. This snake wasn't fighting off the average spider you may find in your home. A hand pops up in the video to show viewers that the spider is as large as a grown man's hand.
The footage was recorded by Cairns kite surfer Ant Hadleigh, reports the Daily Mail. The spider is known as a golden orb spider, and the snake it was devouring is a brown tree snake. Hadleigh recorded the incredible (and shocking) meal in Freshwater, Queensland, in a friends backyard.
I thought it was pretty incredible, Hadleigh told the Cairns Post. A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web.
Hadleigh was just as shocked as viewers of the footage when the spider won. I would have put money on the snake for sure, especially seeing how big it was.
The tree snake suffered in the spider's web for an estimated hour before its life was ended by the spider's venom. You could see the spider just chewing into it and the part which the spider was eating had gone all black and the insides were bubbling, Hadleigh continued to the Cairns Post.
According to the Australian Museum, the golden orb Weaving Spiders range in size from 2cm - 4cm for females, and 5 mm for males. Golden orb spiders make webs in dry open forests that are suspended, sticky and wheel shaped. Generally, the golden orb spider eats flies, beetles, locusts, wood moths and cicadas, describes the Australian Museum. While these might be their normal diet, the webs can be so strong that they can trap small birds or bats...or in the case of the video, a snake.