Spiders take refuge on man's backyard fence amid New South Wales floods

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia -- Thousands of spiders escaped floodwaters in Kinchela, New South Wales, by taking refuge on a backyard fence, footage shot on March 23 shows.

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This video by Matthew Lovenfosse captures the arachnids climbing over one another as they scuttle to higher ground. In addition to the spiders, an off-screen voice is heard telling Lovenfosse that they had discovered a "little snake". He walks over to find the snake lying on his patio with its head raised.

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Weather warnings and evacuation orders were in place for swathes of New South Wales amid days of severe flooding in the state.