Nov 25, 2008

Bragging Rights

James decided to further fuel the flames of my orderism bigotry (though it's been suggested that maybe I have a case of 'phylumism'), by presenting me with yet another instance of a lower order animal dining on a higher order one. In this case, we have a black widow spider having ensnared a snake. Click on the image; it is amazing when viewed large.

We catch black widows in our house at least once a month. I've trained my girls how to spot them, and how to avoid them. I'll show them these pictures to really instill some good ol' fear.

Couple points to make:

1) I really hope the snake's friends don't see him hanging there. That's embarrassing. It's one thing to be caught by a mammal or a bird or a tire tread. But a spider?

2) That spider lady has earned life-time bragging rights.

Thanks for the photos, James.

Photo source: The West Virginia Blogger

6 comments:

Jaden said...

GREAT photos!

Wendy said...

Whoa... how long will she be able to dine on that? Never mind all the free drinks she'll get outta that at the bar. ; )

niner said...

That is quite traumatizing to look at. Poor snake. =(

Kit said...

Aww, poor snake. I had no clue a black widow (in a window!) could have such a sticky web. But now, I have a secondary case of the heebee-jeebes just looking at that.

Anonymous said...

If you look really hard, you'll notice the snake is actually an anaconda, meaning the black widow spider is over FIVE FEET ACROSS!!!!!!1!!

Bone Artist said...

I can't help but wonder what went through the snake's mind...