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Spiders
« on: January 12, 2006, 11:44:53 PM »
eeeew look at the spider that I found on my front door step!!

It is a great big redback spider (not sure what they are called elsewhere).

Anyone else found anything creepy at their house?

ps sorry for the poor quality image, again I took it with my phone camera :)
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006, 01:31:01 AM »
Oh here is one I found on the net....

better photo but this is what I found!
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006, 02:39:51 AM »
This one is from my backyard.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006, 09:55:14 PM »
My cousin tells me Iraq has some viscous spiders that are nocturnal. He says the things are aggressive and fast as all hell. He served in the New Hampshire (U.S.) national guard as a Liutenant doing MP duty in Iraq. He may go back. He is a believer in the war, mainly from just being there and expierencing it.
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006, 10:06:27 PM »
What you have there Mike, is Latrodectus Mactans, the black widow, females have that characteristic red hour-glass marking, whereas the males are more brownish, the males are small, and their venom is piss-poor, the female on the other hand, is another case entirely, quite a shy spider, not like funnelwebs or he brazillian wandering spider, but they will bite if you do something to piss them off too much, and have a fairly potent neurotoxic bite.
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006, 12:45:50 AM »
What you have there Mike, is Latrodectus Mactans, the black widow


*buzzer sounds* incorrect!

Although there is a similarity in appearance, Latrodectus hasselti of Australia is a different species from the Latrodectus Mactans of North America.  I believe the redback spider (L. Hasselti) is slightly more aggressive and venemous than the black widow.  

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My cousin tells me Iraq has some viscous spiders that are nocturnal.

I believe you're talking about camel spiders.  Really large, tarantula-like spiders that feast on the blood of camels!  :alucard:

Well... not quite like a vampire.  I believe that they will bite onto the underside of camels and inject enzymes, and take out nutrients.  Sort of like how a normal spider eats an insect.  I don't think the camel spider is considered a true spider...


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OK, apparently what is now crossed out is just a myth  ;D These are not true spiders, do not spin webs, and have no venom.  They are pretty freaky-looking, though.

Camel spider:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_spider

Red back:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_back_spider

Black Widow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_widow
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2006, 12:52:03 AM »
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more aggressive and venemous

typical :D

It seems that you could say this about lots of animals in Australia, lol :D
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006, 12:56:26 AM »
It seems that you could say this about lots of animals in Australia, lol :D

yeah.  You guys have like the top 20 most poisonous snakes (if you include the waters around), the most poisonous spiders, nettles, ants.... everything there just seems to want to kill you!  :D
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2006, 01:05:22 AM »
But don't let that put you off visiting, it is a great country :)
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2006, 01:14:11 AM »
well... I admit I wouldn't mind going to Australia.  It's a more interesting country than America, anyway.  I just have never gone to Australia because it's too far and my parents are cheap  :)
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2006, 01:35:48 AM »
awww its not that far away ;)

maybe you will visit one day :)
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2006, 02:06:57 AM »
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awww its not that far away

Actually... Australia is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from me.  Or at least the waters of Australia are...  ::)

I'll visit one day, I promise  :D
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2006, 04:23:08 AM »
everything there just seems to want to kill you there!  :D

Like koala?
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2006, 08:47:45 AM »
I hadn't realised Mike was from AUS, oops.

Borek, I wouldn't want to piss off a koala actually, apparently they have a pretty vicious set of claws on them, adorable creatures, until one decides to rip out your eyes ;D

As for the camel spiders, they aren't venomous, but I have read that they can be pretty aggressive, I saw a pic once, of one taking a small bird that got close, which for something like a camel spider, must be quite the acheivement.
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Re:Spiders
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2006, 12:29:12 PM »
I suppose I understand that...

Yeah.  Koala can be pretty viscious if they are provoked.  all tooth and claw.  I saw that on the Crocodile hunter.

Actually there are a fair amount of large spiders that will eat birds.
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