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originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: Sublimecraft
I have dug up a few funnel webs over the years and they are vicious buggers,i had a male on the end of my shovel,it was chomping down on the steel and i could feel quite a strong vibration coming up through the handle and the fang strikes sounded like metal on metal......
This south American spider has a bizarre side effect which may end up making a lot of woman happy :
On topic,if these spiders have been hidden away in the U.K makes me wonder what kinda monster spiders are lurking out there in the jungles.......
A few hardcore deadly snakes, but 99% of Aussies have never actually witnessed them.
originally posted by: paraphi
I cannot help thinking that the journalist has never seen a rat.
That said, this is positive story of conservation, so should be applauded.
originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: 727Sky
They look a lot like what we call wolf spiders here, and those can get as big as your palm, too. They can, unofficially, get a lot bigger, apparently! When we were in Florida, my oldest was living in this place in a swampy area, and the house was infested with wolf spiders. Most were pretty big, and some were really BIG. She hates spiders, and is allergic, so this was a real ordeal. She reported to me that there was a HUGE one there, but I always thought she was exaggerating. Visiting one evening, we saw one crawl up from under an end table that was as big as a BIG tarantula, as big as my whole hand, fingers and all. Yet it was no a tarantula; it was a wolf spider, albeit a big one! I commented, "So that's your big one! Wow, you weren't kidding!!", to which she remarked, "No, that's not the big one."
I was skeptical, of course, and said so, yet she insisted there was one a lot bigger. Just then, we heard a rustling behind a stack of boxes that refused to unpack, because, she said, of the spider. Up the wall it came, and I was stunned, horrified, baffled, and amazed! This sucker was GINORMOUS!!! I am talking huge, as in 10-12 inched diameter. No, I am not kidding. Wish I was!! They aren't supposed to get anywhere near that big!! Even a tarantula isn't supposed to get that big. At this point, I wanted a gun. Didn't have one, so picked up a 2x4, and threw it at he spider. It hit, dead on, with the end right on the spider. That's when it got really scary. The nasty thing was not harmed, AT ALL, and it reared up and chittered at us. The posture was definitely threatening, so be carefully made our way to the door. Wasn't easy, since the wall it was on was between us ad the door, but no way was I staying!!
Normal ones are one thing, and I can deal with them outside, where they belong. One that size, indoors? No thanks!!