Why I hate spiders

I’m freaking out man.

The startling images were reportedly taken in Atheron, close to Queensland’s (Australia) tropical north.

Despite their unlikely subject matter, the pictures appear to be real.

Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver.

“Normally they prey on large insects… it’s unusual to see one eating a bird,” he told ninemsn.com.

Mr Shakepeare said he had seen Golden Orb Weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger.

Queensland Museum identified the bird as a native finch called the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

The good news is that it won’t eat the whole bird, it’ll turn the bird into a food parcel.  Whatever that means.  i’ve got the willies all over.

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  • judy ayson September 10, 2010, 10:48 am

    kill them !!!!!

    • becky September 11, 2010, 7:25 am

      i am with you there is just no need for a spider that friggin big!!!!!!!! that thaing looks like it could take out a poodle

  • Lucien October 31, 2009, 9:41 am

    I knocked a Golden Orb Weaver out of its web with my forehead, at night when camping a few years ago, ran straight into the web and head butted it. It flew one way and me the other – it was slow and did not bite. Garden Orb Weavers are worse – not quite as big but they do bite, and they are hairy.

    • jamesfurbush October 31, 2009, 4:31 pm

      Lucien, ahhh, I'm freaking out man just thinking about that. I hate spiders. Can't even stand the little ones. It's a total irrational fear, but man ones that are hairy and bite. *Shudder* Just the thought…

  • SOG October 25, 2008, 12:51 pm