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Australia: Where the Daddy Long-Legs Eat Snakes

Get a load of this Australian Daddy long-legs spider that took care of a snake, and went viral as a result.

To reiterate the fact that more things in Australia will kill you than any other location on Earth, this photo was posted on The Aussie Farmer Facebook page recently.

It was taken by farmer and photographer Patrick Lees, who told ABC News that the snake was a juvenile, about three feet long. It was found on his property in Weethalle, near West Wyalong, New South Wales. He left it be and monitored it for a while, reporting that several spiders had begun spinning a web around the dead snake’s head and tail.

“I’m not going to deny them their victory,” he said.

Though it doesn’t appear to look exactly like what Americans would assume was a daddy long-legs, this particular arachnid, likely a cellar spider, is referred to as a daddy long-legs in certain parts of the world.

How exactly did the snake fall to the not-so little guy?

“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,” said Graham Milledge, the Australian Museum’s arachnology collections manager.

The picture prompted others to share photos of miraculous spiders taking down prey bigger than expected.

This one of a redback spider that killed a mouse came from Lauren Donaldson and was posted by ABC News.

ABC/Lauren Donaldson

And of course, a little searching turns up another spider eating a snake just over a year ago.

Australia is certainly a hub for strange, incredibly mind-blowing creatures that just seem to be on a different level than their counterparts in other countries. Be that as it may, we’re still not likely to venture off into the Australian wilderness by ourselves anytime soon.


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Australia: Where the Daddy Long-Legs Eat Snakes