Red back spider takes on venomous snake and wins

Geraldton Guardian
Julie Schwarz from Deepdale found this victorious redback spider with a juvenile snake trapped in its web.
Camera IconJulie Schwarz from Deepdale found this victorious redback spider with a juvenile snake trapped in its web. Credit: Supplied

A Deepdale resident was surprised and a little creeped out when she witnessed the aftermath of a struggle to the death in her garage.

Julie Schwarz photographed this venomous red back spider with a dead juvenile gwardar trapped in its web.

She said although it isn’t clear in the photograph, but the spider had the distinctive scarlet markings of a redback and was the size of her thumb nail.

Julie said she “got lots of wildlife” at her Deepdale home.

“It was a bit off-putting to find, but it at least the snake was dead. The spider won that race.”

A spokeswoman for Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said the fast moving and venomous gwardar, or Western brown snake, is one of the most aggressive snakes when cornered.

She said even the venom of a juvenile snake, such as the one Julie found, would be potent enough to kill an adult human.

As every Aussie knows, you also shouldn’t mess with a red back spider.

The spokeswoman said one swift bite from the red back to the body of the gwardar trapped in its strong web would paralyse the snake very quickly.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions advise seeking immediate medical assistance for a person or a pet bitten by either creature.

Contact a snake handler or the local wildlife officer if you find a gwardar in your yard, while keeping the snake in sight as they are extremely quick and disappear into the smallest crevices.

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