posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 02:20 PM
a reply to: soulpowertothendegree
They are largely misunderstood. I am NOT saying you aren't intelligent...just want to put that fire out now before it starts
But they are misunderstood. Spiders do not want to pick fights with us. We are a hundred+ pounds...We are 5'0"+. They are an ounce or a few (not all
cases) and know that we could end them in a heartbeat. That's why spiders give tons of warning. For example, New World Tarantulas have urticating
hairs on their backs. If you piss them off (see also scare the bejeesus out of them) their first warning is they will use their two rear legs and
flick them at you. Usually it does nothing to humans but to a predator who just got that in their eyes...ouch.
warning 2 is raising the front two legs and hold it or standing up. Warning three is opening their chilicerae (jaws)
Warning four...well there is no warning four. BUT many powerfully venomous spiders will dry-bite (aka: use no venom at all) as a method to make you
leave. Make no mistake, mechanically speaking a big enough spider bite will hurt like hell but you'll be fine. If all else fails then they will
wet-bite and then the problems start. Spiders do their damnedest NOT to wet-bite. It takes a lot of energy to rebuild their venom supply.
Bear in mind I am not saying that this little set of paragraphs will cure a phobia by any means, but this explination was my beginning into the
tarantula world. I was exceptionally arachnophobic to the point that seeing a daddy long legs (harvestmen...they are not spiders but arachnids) I
would not sleep until I knew that one was dead and the entire room was checked. Then I learned and finally met Cecilia, a pink toe and the chillest
tarantula on Earth. I pet her back, then a leg, then I let her quickly walk over my fingers...next thing I knew I picked her up.
Now...I have five of my own.
Make no mistake, I love arachnids but I wouldn't go make out with a Wanderer...but the last little tidbit I will leave is this
Even the Funnelweb, supposedly the only spider who "picks fights" does NOT pick fights. Most spider bites are due to fear and protection or many
times, not seeing said spider and missing their warning signs.
Sorry I just went off majorly on a tangent