Incredible photos show redback spider battle it out with eastern brown snake
Incredible photos have captured the moment a redback spider took down a brown snake before securing it in its web.
The pictures were taken on Wednesday by Robyn McLennan at Gapsted Wines in Victoria’s north east.
Ms McLennan said she believed the snake was a baby eastern brown and later updated the post to say the spider managed to suspend the snake mid-air.
“The spider has now brought the entire snake off the ground,” she wrote.
“It is suspended mid air, just under the lower lip of the tank.”
Redback spiders have been known to prey on small lizards and snakes on occasion.
They catch meals by creating a structure that traps prey walking, or slithering, beneath it and then kill it with venom before securing it in silk.
To eat larger prey, the redback will inject digestive fluid to soften the insides in order to suck it up.
Last week, a Queensland schoolgirl was shocked to return home to find a redback spider trying to eat an entire lizard outside her front door.