It may be 'Shark Week', but something closer to home and much more frightening could be on your patio!
A Texas family captured a battle between a snake and a spider on their patio this week. Donna Wright Marrs went to her daughter's home Monday morning in southwest Navarro County. As she was taking her toddler grandsons outside to play, she was stunned to see a snake in the black widow's web under a patio chair. She believes the snake was bitten by the spider and was paralyzed in the web. (See the top three insects to avoid this summer here).
Donna Wright Marrs discovered the snake snared in the spider's web and snapped this photo. (Courtesy photo)
Experts say a female black widow can grow to about 1.5 inches including leg span and its bite is as much as 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake's venom.
Before the battle was over, she and her daughter snapped some photos and videos and posted them on social media to warn others. One video was jokingly captioned - "just burn the house down."
Marrs said, "Be sure and check outdoor toys before the kids head outside!"
Photo credit: Donna Wright Marrs, KWTX