It is the beastly battle royale – a snake and spider duelling to the death.
Footage of an unlikely showdown between a redback spider and red-bellied black snake has emerged from from Kurrajong Heights, in New South Wales.
Experts have told Daily Mail Australia the sighting of arachnid eating a snake is incredibly rare – and warned not to intervene.
Sabrina Besselsen was terrified to walk into her shed and find the spider hanging up the snake in its web and poisoning it.
Australian Reptile Park’s Michael Tate, also known as ‘Ranger Mick’, told Daily Mail Australia the battle to the death scenario is a rare sight.
‘It’s a rarity to observe. It’s likely the snake got stuck there and the redback went in to investigate,’ he said.
‘It’s pretty hard to get its fangs between the scales, but he would been trying to dislodge the intruder from its web through any means.’
Experts have told Daily Mail Australia the sighting of arachnid eating a snake is incredibly rare
The redback spider can be deadly for humans, and experts have warned not to intervene if you see a similar scenario
Red-bellied black snakes can also be inflict a deadly bite, making the showdown particularly dangerous
And it seems the spider got the last laugh: Ms Besselsen revealed the reptile met its fate at the fangs of the arachnid.
Ranger Mick warned onlookers to resist the temptation to rush to the rescue of snakes in a similar scenario.
‘If you were lucky enough to observe this, don’t intervene. Baby snakes are just as toxic as adult one’s, so just stand back and let nature take its course.’