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Spiders, Anyone Encountered A Really Big One?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

Hi all,

I am so sick of removing spiders from the room I am currently sitting in, this evening I already killed three. I don't know why, but in this summer we have a lot spiders here and it is freaking annoying.

Ok, fortunately I am living in an area where spiders are small and not able to poison you. I got once bitten by a spider and it really hurt, so I don't like these animals in general.

Has anyone had an encounter with a really big and dangerous spider? Of course not in the zoo but somewhere outside or inside the place you are living. Is the regular appearance of big spiders normal in some areas of this world and do the people care if they see such an "unbeautiful" and probably dangerous animal every day?

Patrick

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3609 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

When I go camping I see Wolf Spiders on a regular basis. I've seen a few Brown Recluse and Black Widows, too.

One of my college professors was bitten by a Recluse a few months ago. Nasty things.


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

Yea get spiders in my house all the time. The reason I dont throw the lizards out side is to have them eat them maybe. I have this one type dont know the name. Not that small maybe a little smaller than a Daddy long leg and has a red middle I think. Plenty of Brown Recluses in Floirda. Also alot of Banna Spiders too.


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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2234 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

I once dated a girl who kept tarantula as a pet. OK, now you know why I dumped her  Smile


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13511 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1399 times:
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Rule to live by:

If it has more than four legs and it's not seafood, kill it immediately.



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User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

AHHHHH!!!! Spiders!!!! Those things are freaky!!!


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User currently offlinePJ295 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

No spiders recently but this afternoon I did kill a scorpion in the house. They are nasty little buggers....the fun of having a house out in the woods.

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

May be common knowledge but still, here is a fact of life:

An avarege person swallows at least 6 spiders a year in his sleep.

"So that explains that horrid taste in my mouth in the morning..."

Think about that...  Smile

Thom@s



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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

May be common knowledge but still, here is a fact of life:

An avarege person swallows at least 6 spiders a year in his sleep.

"So that explains that horrid taste in my mouth in the morning..."


Wuah!! Thanks for ruin my nightsleep from now on  Sad hehe

Nah. Maybe they are the reason why I'm not so hungry in the mornings when I wake up. Because I have some pretty nasty spiders where I live. Big grin


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

Well I own 4 tarantulas as pets so yes I have encountered big spiders. As for them being nasty - I don't understand the problem. Sure some spiders can bite but the dangerous ones are few and far between and they don't go out of their way to bite. Yet people are afraid of them. On the other hand dogs can cause nasty injuries with heir bites and many dogs do go out of their way to bite and yet relatively few people are afraid of them. The world is crazy IMHO!


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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

I live at the foot of the San Gabriel mountains (they're the ones just north of Los Angeles) and you can find tarantulas around here if it's the right time of year and you know where to look. I'm happy to have them stay in the mountains, but I don't freak out about it if I see one... they're really pretty benign.

Scorpions, on the other hand, freak me out. Every time I go to Arizona I'm paranoid to take my shoes off--I think someone told me once that they sometimes crawl in people's hiking boots. Ewww.

-Leanne


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

An avarege person swallows at least 6 spiders a year in his sleep.

Nonsense, try a search at snoopes.com. This is nothing but an urban myth.



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Noooo, I do believe it is more than an urban myth...

Anyway, here are some more fun spider facts:

* A jumping-spider (Or whatever it is called in English) can jump 25 times it's own bodylength.
* The nursery rhyme "Little miss muffet" is actually based on the daughter of a doctor who thought it was healthy to eat spiders.
* The combined weight of all insects eaten by spiders around the world every year is bigger than the weight of all humans on earth combined(!)
* A Spider has 48 "knees": Eight legs, with six hinges each.
* Compared to it's weight, spiders web is twice as strong as steel. The fact that it is elastic makes it the strongest and most solid material in the world. It is said that spiders web as thick as a pencil will hold a 747 in the air.
* The poison of a black widow spider is 15 times stronger than poison from a rattle snake.
* Spiders don't eat, they drink. They insert a certain type of fluid into the "victim" using their teeth, which turns the inside into liquid. (Yummy)
* Tarantulas are large spiders (Duh), normally 12cm including the legs. But the largest species can get as large as 26 cm. Large enough to cover a standard dinnerplate.

Source: Terry Nordal.


Thought I'd finish up with a few words by Vincent Price/Alice Cooper from "The Black Widow":

"You know what I think I love the most about her is her inborn need to dominate, posses.

In fact, immediately after the consummation of her marriage to the smaller and weaker male of the species she kills and eats him...

Oh, she is delicious... And I hope he was!"

Sweet dreams. Muahahaha!!  Acting devilish  Acting devilish  Acting devilish

Thom@s  Smile



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User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 723 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

It *IS* an urban myth:

http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm

And a little quote from the website:


Fear not. This "statistic" was not only made up out of whole cloth, it was invented as an example of the absurd things people will believe simply because they come across them on the Internet.


D.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

I Have actually read the same thing from a reliable source, only then the number was an average 2 spiders a year...

Differs a bit it seems.

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

A few years a go we rented a holiday cottage in france that had recently been renovated and this had clearly disturbed some of the 8 legged residents. One night I woke up and turned on the light. On the opposite wall there was a spider that must have measured over 8" across the span of its legs. Yikes. I don't think it was dangerous (to people) but we, sorry, I, had to try and get it inside a large jug to evict it.


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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

I owned a tarantula when I was younger. She was a sweety and very tame. They have the best pets of all creatures. You don't need to clean their cages (and in fact they don't like when you do), they don't make any noise, and they rarely eat. Feeding them monthly is very entertaining even.

As for wild spiders in the house, I don't know why people are so hung up over this. They don't harm or damage property; they don't get into your food; and aren't a disease risk. They are actually beneficial, because they kill and eat the bugs that are all of those things. They exterminate your home for you and don't even bill you for it. They are a built-in army of Orkin man. I have a rule in my house that no spiders are to even be killed. The only exception to this rule is when its necessary to maintain peace in the household. Such as when they are in my kids rooms resulting in a refusal to sleep there, or if one invades the vicinity of my wife (then its kill or be killed).



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User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1243 times:
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Where are all the Australians on this thread? There are more nasty, deadly spiders in Australia than anywhere else on the planet -- from red backs to funnel webs.


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I must admit I am happy not to live in the outskirts of the Amazones, and to be honest the spiders I encounter are not to complain over. Besides, all I have to do is "escort them" out of my room. (Or smash them, even though I know it's bad luck...)

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1023 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

I was tromping around the bush on Townsend Island inside the Shoalwater Bay Training Area just off Australia during an exercise and was preparing the firing range by putting up IR targets for the Marines to shoot when they were scheduled to land a few days later.

We came across two trees about 5 feet apart and for some reason we all stopped. I'm glad we did because it was then we saw the web suspended between the two trees and this huge spider about the size of your clenched fist perched on the web. I have no idea what kind of spider it was but we didn't mess around with it.



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User currently offlineBruspotter From Belgium, joined Jan 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

I have more than enough spiders in my belgian garden and I am a genuine arachnophobic. However, the biggest one I ever saw was in 1994 on the wall of a public swimming pool in South Africa. Legspan about the size of a serving plate. I have also seen a pretty sizeable one hanging from the roof of the house I was staying in in Rio, Brazil in 1991. Both encounters left my skin crawling for weeks afterwards.


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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

I wacthed a fear factor (tv show) when the contestants had to eat these spiders. Not sure of the type. But it was big-real big. Oh man I about freaked out watching it. I would have quit if I was on that show.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

I have black widows beyond counting around my property here in the Nevada desert. A few precautions are needed when working outside or in the garage. Never see them in the house, but we spray once a month. We probably also have the fiddlebacks but I've not seen one yet. Used to see them when I lived near Miramar NAS.

Tarantulas are startling when you encounter one, that is for sure. One memorable one - I came out of the Officer's Club at a base in Panama and got in my car. When I turned on the headllights there was a tarantula on the windshield. I could not be sure if he was inside or outside! Seeing that he was outside, I rolled up the windows and drove away. He made a big thump as he bounced off my trunk lid when he finally blew off.




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User currently offlineJeepBoy From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

Spiders?

Welcome to Australia.

You guys are total wooses. Try having a bloody Huntsman Spider the size of a big mans hand living in your outside rearview vision mirror on your car.

It's fabulously nice driving to work and all of a sudden seeing this huge creepy black thing crawl out of your mirror and block your view of traffic. I just put the window down and brushed the damn thing away.

Not.

Actually I screamed, stomped on the brakes, jumped out in peak hour traffic and had some delivery van driver brush the damn thing off for me.

LOL

And to think I grew up in rural QLD and had to empty the skimmer box on the pool on a regular basis of dead toads, spiders and snakes is beside the point.

J E E P B O Y

[STOLI]



*yay*
User currently offlineN228ua From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

You guys are total wooses. Try having a bloody Huntsman Spider the size of a big mans hand living in your outside rearview vision mirror on your car.

When I lived in Australia I had the same problem. My car had heated mirrors and that got rid of the little bugger!

One time my wife, who is Japanese and not used to spiders, came to visit me in Sydney and had an encounter with a huntsman. My neighbours came over to see who had been murdered after she let out a blood curdling scream and spent the next hour sitting on the dining table shaking.



25 Post contains images L-188 : I haven't But then again, I don't have a huge desire to go to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Iraq anytime soon.
26 MHTMDW : Ever since I read in Huckleberry Finn that it was bad luck to kill spiders, i tend to leave them alone. They do have benfits as far as killing other i
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