In most cases, pitting a spider against a snake would be a no brainer of which would win. In fact, the snake would most likely ignore the spider and slither away to find a mammal or bird to prey upon. But it really depends on the spider. Add some toxic venom and amp up the size of the arachnid and you have a more worthy adversary.

Giant Spider Battles Snake in Australia

(Photo: Ant Hadleigh via Cairns Post)

We can see just how it plays out thanks to a man from Queensland, Australia, who saw a giant spider battling with a snake in a friend’s backyard. Australia’s Cairns Post reports Ant Hadleigh said the struggle between the brown tree snake and golden orb spider took a little over an hour:

“I thought it was pretty incredible,” Mr. Hadleigh said.

“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.”

Watch the battle (Warning: Those with arachnophobia and/or ophidiophobia might want to avoid):

Both the animals have venom, but it was the snake who succumbed first, according to the Cairns Post.

(H/T io9)