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Golden orb-weavers reach sizes of 4.8 - 5.1 cm (1.5 - 2 in) in females, not including leg-span, with males being usually 2/3 smaller (less than 2.5 cm, 1 in). The largest specimen ever recorded was a 6.9 cm (2.7 in) female N. clavipes (which is now debated to have been a new yet undocumented subspecies) from Queensland, that was able to catch and feed on a small-sized finch. In 2012 a large individual was photographed killing and consuming a half-meter-long brown tree snake in Freshwater, Queensland. Species from Taiwan have been known to reach over 5.7 inches in mountainous country.
Golden silk orb-weavers are widespread in warmer regions throughout the world, with species in Australia, Asia, Africa (including Madagascar), and America.
Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012
Nice detailed spotting! Welcome to Project Noah.