Spider Kills Snake
It has all the makings of a fight night special: with speed and skill, a scrappy redback spider takes down an eastern brown snake over ten times its size.
In reality, this spider just got very, very lucky.
A video filmed in an engine shop in Victoria, Australia shows what appears to be a young eastern brown snake caught in the nearly-invisible web of a redback spider—“our pet redback,” the videographers joke in the Facebook caption. As the thrashing snake attempts to free itself, the spider dances closer, eventually managing to administer a bite that seems to temporarily immobilize the snake. (Watch an eastern brown snake swallow a carpet python.)
Although the video ends with the outcome of the