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This photo of a spider eating a 1.5-foot-long snake will burn into your brain

Illustration for article titled This photo of a spider eating a 1.5-foot-long snake will burn into your brain

As if you needed further proof that Australia is a phantasmagoric hellscape of arachnid horror, here's a charming photograph of a golden orb spider consuming a half-meter brown tree snake. This battle — which occurred over the course of an hour yesterday — was shot by photographer Ant Hadleigh in a backyard in Freshwater, Australia. Hey, you never know when you're going to find an outtake from a Hieronymus Bosch painting in your backyard.

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Said the human spectator of this ghastly scene:

A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web [...] You could see the spider just chewing into it and the part which the spider was eating had gone all black and the insides were bubbling [...]

It's official — there is now something worse than the necrophiliac ant gang bang. Good hustle, natural selection.

UPDATE: Here's a video of this reptilian feast. The spider— according to Hadleigh — is "about the size of your hand."

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[The Cairns Post and Nine MSN via Geekologie]

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I can't help but feel that you guys might not actually be joking about how horrible Australia is and it's beginning to chew away at me a little, ya know... being Aussie and all.

So here, take a look. We're gorgeous and I can guarantee you, there are no little hairy monsters where this picture was taken.

.... ugh *shiver*