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Old 07-01-09, 05:08 PM   #1
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Arachnophobia

Yo, dudes, I saw the hugest #%#$% spider in my new backyard today, I think it was this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider

It was ghastly, like a small tarantula. *shudder.* Thank goodness it was not INDOORS.


Anyone else arachnophobic?
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Old 07-01-09, 05:09 PM   #2
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Yes, I hate the buggers.
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I don't much like 'em either. We get these little black spiders that have some red underneath. Bites are bad news.

That said, spiders do eat bugs. That's good. I just want them outside my house, not inside.
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Not fond of them, but I leave them alone.
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I don't much like 'em either. We get these little black spiders that have some red underneath. Bites are bad news.

That said, spiders do eat bugs. That's good. I just want them outside my house, not inside.
That sounds suspiciously like a Black Widow spider!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_hesperus
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Was your spider this big?



Edit: Not my pic, but I saw these in South Carolina, and they freaked me out... They tend to be seen in webs about eye level.
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Old 07-01-09, 05:34 PM   #7
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Was it one of these?



They're called orb weaver spiders and can get huge, but thankfully they're harmless.
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Old 07-01-09, 05:37 PM   #8
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Christ, no, we have spiders that spin huge webs here, some of them can get creepily large but not THAT big. Our big creepy spiders are the kind that run across your floor or up your wall or.....*scream*
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I was bit by a radioactive spider once and turned into Batman. Very strange if you ask me.

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im full blown arachnophobe
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Old 07-01-09, 06:01 PM   #11
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eeeeeeeee <winding up> WAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

I grew up with a field and a swamp at hand and lived there basically till my 11th grade when I discovered boys. Yummmm Boyzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I had captured and let go all sorts of snakes, wintered snapping turtles and dobson fly nymphs (nasty arse buggers too) and all sorts of things. Plus I always captured the female praying mantis's at early Fall when pregnant so they could have a safe haven to lay eggs so I could put the egg case in our garden the next year. Even had a couple boxes of spiders.

HOWEVER.

Dear freaking ugly arse puny @3#% yellow sac spider (the ones you see in the corners of your house):

I will stomp your ugly arse butt every time I spot you in the corners of my room. And yeah honey - I looks for you guys all the time. Ever since one of your Long Dead cousins that slid into my night clothes and bit me in three spots for a total of over 30 bites that welted up into miniature oozing volcanoes of puss for 6 freaking weeks .... I hates you. Inside spiders die. Outside spiders are welcomed.

BTW - Texas does grow bigger, my sister (San Antonio) had a couple of spider webs - must have been orb weavers - where one of them spanned a 6 foot area - and the web was tough enough so that my sister could PUSH on it and it would give ---- and not break.

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Is there a correct term for snake-o-phobia??
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I freaking hate spiders. I've toughened up enough that I will get close enough to kill them- but not happily. we have these here a lot (I hate them the most):


wolf spider
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Yech, we have Wolf spiders here too.

Not sure what Snake phobia is, but I love reptiles, I love rats, pigeons, some bugs (spiders aren't bugs) I know I'm weird.
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Was your spider this big?



Edit: Not my pic, but I saw these in South Carolina, and they freaked me out... They tend to be seen in webs about eye level.
We had banana spiders when I lived in Hawaii. The things are friggin HUGE! And harmless...if you don't count heart attacks.
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Cuddly little bugger.
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Spiders don't bother me a bit, weird, I know.
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I've never have been bothered by spiders but I got sick this Fall. I had a big red spot on my shoulder/back that turned blue/black and I got shivers and was cold. It was a spder bite. It took a few weeks to completely recover. I think it was a brown recluse.
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That sounds suspiciously like a Black Widow spider!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_hesperus
Yup, that's exactly what they are. But I knew that when I posted. +1 for the ID
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I've never have been bothered by spiders but I got sick this Fall. I had a big red spot on my shoulder/back that turned blue/black and I got shivers and was cold. It was a spder bite. It took a few weeks to completely recover. I think it was a brown recluse.
Be extremely happy as they are the one spider that you should hope never bites you! The wounds from their bites have been known to fester for months! sometimes years! a lot of people have lost fingers, toes, and even hands and feet due to the Brown Recluse bite!
EDIT! Forgot to mention, at one time I had 35 Black Widow spiders as "pets" as I mentioned, I'm a bit weirder than most!
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live and let live as long as it isn't a poisonous spider in your house--but yeah,
they are creepy critters.
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I love love love spiders! And snakes. And the dark. And public speaking. And high places. I'm weird eh?
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I don't like spiders. I don't mind the ones I can see; I can avoid or squash them. It's the ones that I know that are lurking around here that I don't like.

'orrible, nasty things.
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