See a redback spider making a meal of a live mouse

A rare sight.
By Australian Geographic September 16, 2019 Reading Time: < 1

This image, captured by Western Australian man Ruben Boddington, could be the first ever record of a redback spider capturing a small mouse.

Ruben stumbled across the scene just before he set out on his bike ride when he saw that the mouse was still moving, despite being tightly encased in the redbacks web.

Redback spiders are found throughout Australia, in many habitats, including urban areas. They often hide in dry, sheltered places such as garden sheds, mailboxes and under toilet seats.

(Image credit: Ruben Boddington)