Itsy-Bitsy Spider Catches ... a Snake

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese house spider sitting on its web waiting for lunch got the biggest helping of its life -- it caught a snake.
The 12-inch snake crawled into a farmer's house in Qingyuan county in eastern Zhejiang prvince, apparently oblivious of the spider patiently spinning its web in the corner, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, it got desperately trapped in the tough, sticky web of the spider," the agency said.
"The spider pulled the web higher and suspended the snake above the ground. It then managed to get to the neck of the snake, using its beak to pierce the snake and inject its poison."
The David and Goliath battle took 80 minutes, drawing farmers from all around to watch, Xinhua said.
"The snake died soon and the hunter spider began to suck its blood."


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