Red Back Spider Ties Up Western Brown Snake, & Almost Makes It Look Easy

Snake gets wrapped up by spider
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This YouTube comment sums up my thoughts perfectly…

“I am confused as to how the food chain in Australia works”

The land down under is home to an astounding number of creatures that will take you out without warning. Sharks, snakes, spiders, box jellyfish, heck just the fact that Australian Geographic has a Top 30 most dangerous animals list speaks volumes…

Now, if you asked me before watching this video who would rank higher on the food chain, snakes or spiders, I think most people would join me in saying snakes. They’re generally much bigger, stronger, and faster, so I’d assume they’d have no problems dealing with those multi-leg creatures that send shivers up your spine.


A video from Yuna, Australia shows a red back spider catching a western brown snake in its web and putting in some work to win the fight.

Right from the jump, something has to be said for the strength of the web. That snake was thrashing around with everything it had to absolutely no avail. Then, we have to acknowledge the effort the spider put in to secure the meal.

Up and down, trying to get to the head, regrouping, reattacking, it was relentless and shows yet again that we have it so much easier than literally every wild animal on earth. In the end, the spider took the victory and had what I assume will be a near lifetime of food.

Kinda wish the video showed a time lapse of what happens next. Does it cocoon the whole thing? Leave it for dead? Use it as bait to draw in easier to munch on insects?

There’s a whole lot of questions left on the table, but also one big answer. Don’t mess with a red back spider…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock