Aussie Spider warning - I love my job.

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  1. ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    Every time I cut down these big Eucalypts, dozens of these guy scurry out of every crack. I try to rescue as many as I can before I drop the tree.

    Love 'em!

    (Sorry for the low quality. I pulled my phone out and gave it to a work mate to take the pic.)

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  2. BeanerSA

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    I'm feeling a little woozy.......
     
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    Nice... Life must be soooo much simpler if you don't have an irrational fear of large spiders...
     
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    Are those huntsmen? :wired:
     
  5. scotteee

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    Baz i'm not sure if you're aware but you have a large spider on your face.
     
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    ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    What!!? Where!!??
     
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    Ha! Nice. :thumbup:
     
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    Tarantula, Giant Crab Spider

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    Dunno what people are worried about.

    Many's the time when I've been shirt off cutting wood and then found out I was sharing the shirt when I put it back on :D
     
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    Irrational?
     
  12. broccoli

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    Huntsmen are nice spiders. I have redbacks at my house, they aren't as nice as huntsmen.
     
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    I'm finally living in a place without white-tails. I'm so paranoid about them that I check my bed sheets every night before going to sleep. Why? Because so far I've found massive white-tails in between my bed sheets a total of six times over the last twenty odd years.

    Fuckers.

    But huntsmen are OK. I still wouldn't want one crawling on my face. And that one looks like a strange type of huntsman. I've never seen one looking like that. Unless I'm confusing the household ones as a different breed?
     
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    ASIGN_Baz

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    There are several varieties.
     
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    Im ok with Hunts but we have redbacks and whitetails . how do I get em out of here.
     
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    I remember reading a story in a magazine about a woman who got bitten by one of those. It caused a horrible reaction.
     
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    Supposed necrotising effects of white-tail bites are urban myth, pretty much.

    http://australianmuseum.net.au/White-tailed-Spider

    There've been a few scientific studies, and none of them have been able to demonstrate any seriously harmful outcome of a white-tail bite.
     
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    I find that very interesting, especially coming from such and authority as the Australian Museum. It pretty much confirms my gut feeling of several years, that the necrosis is an urban myth that has raised lots of heated argument. I'm getting a little tired of the paranoia surrounding spiders, snakes and other things with teeth. "Kill on sight" is an attitude borne of fear of what one does not understand. They have a job to do and if you let them do it, you are fine. Leave them alone if they are aggressive and highly venomous. If I was as small as even the largest spider and saw a human coming to squash me or destroy my nest full of eggs, I would bloody well bite too!
     
  19. broccoli

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    "not a common outcome....." Yup. Redbacks are also poisonous, but dying from a redback bite isn't a common outcome, either.

    The woman in the story may have just had an allergic response, but the photos were pretty grim. Of course, she recovered. It was your typical magazine story "storm in a tea-cup".
     
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    It is a coarse photo sadly buy to me it looks like a Nocturnal Orb Weaver......the sort that comes out at dusk and spins it's web for prey but then "consumes" the web again at dawn and goes and crashes in a nook/cranny.

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/134520/bgimage

    Spiders are very poorly classified but from a collection I did while at Uni that is my take.
     
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