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Postby dingo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:41 am

Also, look what i found:

redback eating a snake
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Postby pimptastic » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:52 am

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THESE amazing images of a mammoth spider devouring a bird were taken in the backyard of an Atherton property, west of Cairns.

And the images, which are being cirulated via email worldwide, are real, according to wildlife experts

Joel Shakespeare, the head spider keeper at NSW's Australian Reptile Park, told ninemsn that 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 Shakepeare told ninemsn 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 said 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 told ninemsn.

"It uses its venom to break down the bird for eating and what it leaves is a food parcel," he said.

Queensland Museum's Greg Czechura is reported ninemsn as saying cases of the Golden Orb Weaver eating small birds were "well known but rare".

"It builds a very strong web," he told ninemsn.

But he said the spider would not have attacked until the bird weakened due to its struggle to free its wings.

"The more they struggle, the more tangled up and exhausted they get and they go into stress."

"If a spider gets a bird, it`s a very lucky spider," Mr Czechura said.

***I would have said "very unlucky bird personally"***

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Postby dingo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:56 am

pfft, welcome to last year!!
Spider eats bird ;)
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Postby eoinzy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:40 am

I wish we got spiders like that over here! Sheds would be so much more fun! lol
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Postby pimptastic » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:56 pm

The floods that submerged one-fifth of Pakistan's territory in the summer of 2010 took more than six months to recede.

About 20 million people were displaced.

In the Sindh region, located in the western corner of South Asia, people were not the only ones seeking shelter.

Millions of spiders climbed on trees to escape the rising waters and were stranded there for months.

They kept busy while waiting for the water to pull back, and transformed the trees into huge cocoons.

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Postby eoinzy » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:45 am

I'd literally spend hours under them trees throwing flies up, just to see them eat it!
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