Cairn Spiders Are big enough and venomous enough to kill small animals. They have been known to prey on small snakes and birds. Two encounters below demonstrate how lethal the golden orb spider can be.
A golden orb weaver spider eats a brown tree snake approx 1 1/2 ft long in this video. The battle lasted nearly an hour and was caught on film by Ant Hadleigh in a friends backyard in Feshwater Queensland Australia
In an interview with the Cairns post he said “I thought it was pretty incredible. A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web.”
“I would have put my money on the snake for sure, especially seeing how big it was.”
Back in 2009 there was another golden weaver battle encounter captured.
These pictures were also taken in Queenland Australia but this time in Atherton by Les Martin. The golden weaver trapped a chestnut breasted manikin, bird caught in the spider’s web.
Their webs are strong enough that fishermen actually use them as nets to trap fish with. In the BBC video below tribesmen wrap spider webs around a stick and fashion string from the spider web.