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Old January 15 2013, 05:06 PM   #1291
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Old January 16 2013, 04:50 AM   #1292
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#swag

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Old January 16 2013, 04:52 AM   #1293
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It's like Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis had a son and gave him the gift of being in cool photographs.
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Old January 16 2013, 04:53 AM   #1294
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That is one of the best compliments I've ever received. Thank you.
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Old January 16 2013, 06:18 AM   #1295
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This is my finger.

Also, native fauna.


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Old January 16 2013, 06:51 AM   #1296
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Ack! Teacake, that actually creeps me out a little! Please tell me that is not a horrible bite-y variety...and that it doesn't make its way indoors often!
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Old January 16 2013, 07:00 AM   #1297
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They come indoors all the time, especially at a change of seasons. Suddenly cold-- the come in. No rain and drought-- they come in. Pours with rain-- they come in. The last seems to be the worst invasions, I guess the rain drives them from wherever they've been living all summer.

They only bite if provoked and it's about as bad as a wasp sting. I've known several people including toddlers who were bitten in their sleep, didn't wake up and just had a big red swollen area for a few days. So I guess it can't be that painful. Though I did have a friend who used to feed them water from a teaspoon while they sat on her hand and she was finally bitten and said it hurt. But not as bad as a wasp.

They are called huntsman, in Hawaii they call them cane spiders. They mostly like to be up high on walls so you really have little direct contact unless you decide to catch it.
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Old January 16 2013, 07:09 AM   #1298
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Wow.

I seem to have grown into being a complete wimp. As a child this spider would have fascinated me. As an adult...I would be a little frightened if I found this guy on my wall. Isn't that supposed to work the other way around?

Oh well, at least they are not poisonous!

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Old January 16 2013, 07:22 AM   #1299
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There are smaller ones that are much more repulsive to me. Huge black shiny abdomens..

Huntsman are kind of too much like crabs to bother me. Still I don't leave them alone, they DO breed.. so I smash the big ones with a book. Yes it's quite a carcass and they are full of green goo. My problem is I can't bring myself to smash the baby ones which are light reddish brown and kind of cute. Yes I know they grow into the big ones.. but some will move outside, get eaten by birds and other spiders and australian wasps. My tolerance for what size I don't smash is getting bigger though, and then sometimes when there is a REALLY huge one (bigger than in the pic) I feel like it's to be admired for being such an alpha spider and I should respect it and not smash it. Yeah if my tolerance keeps growing I'm going to be 80 years old and living with a hundred spiders who I've named.
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Old January 16 2013, 02:05 PM   #1300
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^lol! "I dare you to go into the Spider Lady's house if you dare!"
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I'll never again complain about the size of Virginia spiders
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Old January 16 2013, 03:29 PM   #1302
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That thing is freakin' huge!!
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Old January 16 2013, 03:31 PM   #1303
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This is my finger.

Also, native fauna.


Very cool. I tried to click on your link but Flickr comes back saying it's a private page.
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Old January 16 2013, 04:06 PM   #1304
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Don't post that in Naira's Going Down Under thread (edit: oops...see you've warned her already)
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Old January 16 2013, 06:10 PM   #1305
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This is my finger.

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It's not polite to point.
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