reply to post by s13guy
There are various species of spider that do "scream." I know this because, I was friends wth a spider dealer, who sold, kept and traded thousands
and thousands of spiders, from all over the world in his apartment, mainly tarantulas. I bought up to a hundred different species from him and other
dealers, as I was a collector of tarantulas and some very nasty, poisonous spiders and arachnids.
In 1992, I once had an evil looking, Australian "funnel web spider," that got out of it's cage and crawled into my boot. I slipped it on and
unwittingly smashed my "baby," killing him. I still miss him. I had a deadly "wandering" spider from Brazil, that was aggressive, and huge with a
red haired mouth and vicious fangs. It would flash it's fangs at me, advising me to "back off!" I also had a crab spider from south america that
had three types of toxin in it's venom, which attacked your nervous system, poisoned your blood, and ate your skin. I had a dozen black widows, and
half a dozen brown recluses, and a whole plethora of arachnids... I never got bit.
It is so easy to kill those things we fear, and do not understand, and that, I feel is what makes killing spiders, wrong. Spiders are fascinating and
wonderful allies in controlling the bugs that are, our enemies. They kill diease causing flies, mosquitos, ticks, roaches, fire ants, farm pests such
as locusts, bol wevils, tree killing mothes, and so on... We really need to quit killing them so readily and learn about them and from them, so we can
progress as a society. Their silk, ounce for ounce, is thousands of times stronger then steel, their venom has medicinal properties, that holds
promise for relieving arthritis, cancer and other illnesses.
The spiders that "scream," usually do so, because they feel threatened. The bigger the spider, the more easily you can hear them. Go to a pet shop,
or zoo and ask if you can listen to an African king baboon spider (Citharischius crawshayi), actually any baboon spider sp., or a South American
Goliath spider (Theraphosa blondi)"scream." What you'll see, is the spiders getting up on their rear four legs, and protrude their fangs at you,
and you'll hear what many people consider to be a "scream," but in actuality, is a hiss. The hiss can sometimes sound like "scream." In
Australia, there are "whistling" spiders, (Selenocosmia sp?) that supposedly can take down a chicken, and "whistle," while eating it. I'm
skeptical, but, some spiders can eat birds, so who knows...
I never got bit, and was never afraid, because I had learned and knew their behavior. I was more of a threat to them, then they were to me. I never
bothered them, and they never bothered me. The fat piggies were well fed, so they never complained. Of course, the more dangerous the spider, the more
careful I was. My Sicarius henaii, the three venom spider was very stable and hid itself rather then try and run out. I still was very careful. It
preferred to be active only when it pounced on it's food. My highly venemous, Phoneutria fera, was very active, especially at night, so I had it in a
special cage. I never opened it and it had a one way entrance. My Atrax robusta unfortunately got out and I already explained what happened to him.
Please do not collect spiders without learning a lot about them. Find out their behaviors, feeding patterns, temperments, environmental needs as these
factors are very important to their survival, and to your safety. Some spiders are very expensive, $100 to $1000+, depending on rarity and demand,
others are cheap or free, from your backyard. There are spider societies (clubs), forums and dealers specific to the spider trade. Also only purchase
captive bred species, so you don't help cause species extinction. Ciao.