Weethalle farmer captures image of brown snake caught in daddy longlegs' web

CATCH AND KEEP: Weethalle farmer Patrick Lees captured the remarkable sight of a daddy longlegs spider preying on a brown snake. Picture: Supplied

CATCH AND KEEP: Weethalle farmer Patrick Lees captured the remarkable sight of a daddy longlegs spider preying on a brown snake. Picture: Supplied

DAVID has taken on Goliath – and won.

Hanging on a Weethalle farm near West Wyalong “like a trophy”, a brown snake appears to have met its fate after slithering into enemy territory.

But this wasn’t any typical bush predator.

According to farmer Patrick Lees, the snake was killed by a garden variety daddy longlegs – the fangless, venomless “underdog” of the spider world.

“It’s typical Australia,” Mr Lees said.

“I saw it from a distance and thought ‘someone is going to be a hero here’. There’s a few redbacks around, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a daddy longlegs.”

Mr Lees said the snake has been hanging in the same position since Saturday.

“I can’t take down his trophy; he’s earned it,” he said.

“It’s pretty unusual.”

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