spider eats bird

This is not something I wrote, but it totally fascinated me. There is a link to the full article at the bottom.

THIS amazing image of a mammoth spider devouring a bird was taken in the backyard of a property near Cairns.

The image, which is being circulated via email worldwide, is real, according to wildlife experts,The Cairns Post reported.

The photo, believed to have been taken earlier this week, shows the spider clenching its legs around a lifeless bird trapped in a web at a property near Atherton, west of Cairns.

Joel Shakespeare, the head spider keeper at NSW’s Australian Reptile Park, has told ninemsn the spider was a golden orb weaver.

“Normally they prey on large insects, it’s unusual to see one eating a bird,” he said.

Mr Shakespeare said he had seen golden orb weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger.

Mr Shakespeare told ninemsn the bird, a chestnut-breasted mannikin which appears frozen in an angel-like pose in the pictures, is likely to have flown into the web and got caught.

“It wouldn’t eat the whole bird,” he said.

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2008/10/23/11601_local-news.html

Giant spider eating a bird... that will give a few people nightmeres

Giant spider eating a bird... that will give a few people nightmares

Advertisements

One Response to spider eats bird

  1. sar says:

    We have those all over the OB base in Yulee, FL. Not that big of course. They get about the size of my palm (with legs, not just the body) and have been only known to eat large moths. Probably shouldn’t tell the students about this…or may we should! 🙂

    Gotta love Australia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy_TB6onHVE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: