South African Spider Catches and Eats the Snake (4 pics)

Posted in ANIMALS       6 Mar 2012       22094       10 GALLERY VIEW

A secretary at the SAR company "Bloemfontein" spotted this drastic picture when she came to work in the morning. A giant spider was weaving its web around a snake ten times longer than it.

 

Within the next two days the spider lifted the snake up to the ceiling and then started to slowly eat its prey.

The scientists identified this snake-assassin as the brown button spider. It is widespread in various parts of the world, including North America and has neurotoxic venom that is as toxic as the black widow's. However, it is the first time when the fact of a spider eating a snake is documented.




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Papa Doc 9 year s ago
Isn´t it a black widow?
       
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orendadude 9 year s ago
Whoa!!
       
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snarf 9 year s ago
Bloemfontein is a city in South Africa, not a company.
       
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Enter your name 9 year s ago
Nothing to do here
       
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5minutes 9 year s ago
Boy. While the snake appears to be an aurora house snake, the spider appears to be some form of button spider, but not the brown button. The Brown Button is, well... brown. It's a member of the latrodectus genus, but it's not a brown button.

The most likely candidate would be either l. cinctus (the east cape button spider) or l. indistinctus (the west cape button spider).

Here's a link the exact same pictures from 2008 that claims it took place in Australia: http://xo.typepad.com/blog/2008/09/spider-eats-snake.html

If that link is true, then the spider is most likely a redback spider (l. hasseltii).

Either way... KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!
       
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ptpie 9 year s ago
yep
       
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gigantes 9 year s ago
this is an ancient story:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/spider-catches-snake.shtml
       
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JORGE SUAREZ 9 year s ago
Fucking creepy........ I like to put in my boss desk
       
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Peanut 9 year s ago
The poor snake.
       
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fred 8 year s ago
its not real
       
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