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A Spider Incident.

Monday, October 31, 2011

So here was my excitement for the morning.

I guess Huntsman spiders are Australian equivalents of tarantulas. They aren't aggressive and don't bite unless provoked. They sure are speedy though, and forbidding due to size and appearance. We have TWO cohabitating with us currently. The kids aren't real happy. I don't mind them, as long as I'm not the one in charge of moving one outside if a kid is TOO bothered. Again, they are SPEEDY and it's not the most pleasant thing to have one of these skittering up your arm towards your face.

This particular spider goes by the name "Kaiser" due to his seeming handlebar mustache. He was hanging out on the doorjamb this morning and I was giving him a good lookover - actually a very handsome arachnid. All plushy-like and interesting marks on his abdomen. So I ask my daughter Kate if "she'd like to see how fast the spider can move". I prodded the spider in the backside thinking it would run away from me as fast as possible...instead he spun around and took on my finger, quick as a wink. I was so startled, all I could do was double up and cackle like an old hen who'd just laid an egg. Poor Kate didn't want to walk past him.

I decided to take a photo so I grabbed the tape measure to show just how big he is. Stuck it up next to him and he battled that so I decided real quick just to take the darn photo and leave him be. emoticon
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    Ooooo, I can't take spiders that big and ugly looking. Sorry about that! It just makes my guts ishy feeling. A good picture though for Halloween!! emoticon
    2422 days ago
    please tell me that's a plastic halloween decoration!
    2423 days ago
    Yikes~! And they say things are bigger in Texas! *LOL* Glad y'all have this baby in Aussieland! Glad to know they're not harmful. BB~
    2425 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/1/2011 5:38:49 PM
    OMG I would DIE if something like that was ever found in my house!!!
    I thought it was one of those fake halloween spiders for a second and then you said it was real!!! I almost fell off my chair at work! You're much braver than I am, I would lock myself outside until my fiance killed that sucker!
    2425 days ago
    What a laugh I got from your antic's.
    I will handle most snakes but will run a mile from a spider. Work that one out.

    Hugs Syl
    2426 days ago
    a had to laugh reading this, I really don't like spiders but it is a really nice photo.
    2426 days ago
    How interesting and so appropriate for today - Halloween!
    I would be so un-nerved!
    I'm not a big fan of spiders.
    Thanks for sharing the photo of it. They are huge!
    2426 days ago
    Dear me- I didn't think I had a thing about spiders but I got goosebumps looking at that pic and reading your blog.
    2426 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    2426 days ago
    I think I would have been stuck in whatever room I was in, if that was the only exit.
    2426 days ago
    Wow!! He is one fine Huntsman!!He must be doing a good job at keeping any other insects at bay - he is a very good size.
    I don't mind them either as long as I know where they are, ie, not close to me or in the car with me........... emoticon
    2426 days ago
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