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Old 06-17-2005, 02:51 PM   #16
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I've visited Australia for months at a time and I haven't encountered that many spiders there. Sure, it's a bit of a worry but when you are living in a city I think it's fairly safe.

Now the cockroaches, those are what you should worry about, they're huge!
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:00 PM   #17
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why dont cockroaches and spiders hate each other??

would be such a wonderfull place, you could have tag team wrestling and place bets and who cares who loses


I think i need another pill
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My favourite is the barking spider:

"The Whistling / Barking spider (Selenocosmia crassipes) makes a sound rather like a thumb nail rubbing across a comb. You can hear it from quite a distance away (over a meter away).

Females live up to 30 years, males up to 8 years.

They are nocturnal burrowers, typically very aggressive. They can eat some pretty amazing stuff - guinea fowl (like chickens), your usual array of invertebrates. One has been seen dragging a 2.5 pound dead fish carcass up from the river bank and across the forest floor to its burrow, where it happily feasted!

Reports about their venom are often conflicting. Some claim that they are dangerous to humans, esp. small children and sick elderly people, and can make an adult feel very unwell (vomiting).

There are substantiated reports that their venom has killed large dogs - Dobermans and German shepherds within 20 minutes of a bite (these dogs are usually the farm dogs which play with things they shouldn't).

They are found in tropical rainforests of Queensland, and as such need warm temperatures and plenty of humidity.

They grow to about palm size, light to dark brown in colour. Males are smaller in body size, but have much longer legs than the females and hence look bigger. Females are quite "sturdy"."

Imagine a spider that can eat a chicken!
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I have a real bad phobia of spiders. I'm even afraid of Daddy Long Legs.
*Nods* Daddy long legs freak me out like nothing else.

Hearing about these other kinds of spiders isn't helping ease my fear of the things, either (a spider that can eat a chicken?!?! ...).

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Old 06-17-2005, 03:53 PM   #20
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tell me something about australia, please. if there's only three poisonous varieties, are there still lots of other types? cuz i'm just really arachnophobic. :cries: like i'm talking if i see even a teensy one i run screaming and crying away like you'd think i was being chased by an axe murderer. be honest.
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*Nods* Daddy long legs freak me out like nothing else.

Angela, would it make you feel any better to know that daddy long legs aren't actually spiders?

"Although they resemble spiders, daddy long-legs, more correctly called harvestmen, are neither spiders nor insects. Taxonomically, they are arthropods, in the same class as spiders, Arachnida, but in a different order, Phalangida."

Or is it the case that a daddy long legs by any other name would still be icky?
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Angela, would it make you feel any better to know that daddy long legs aren't actually spiders?

"Although they resemble spiders, daddy long-legs, more correctly called harvestmen, are neither spiders nor insects. Taxonomically, they are arthropods, in the same class as spiders, Arachnida, but in a different order, Phalangida."

Or is it the case that a daddy long legs by any other name would still be icky?
Didn't know that about daddy long legs-very interesting info. But regardless, yes, a daddy long legs by any other name is still a creepy as hell thing in my eyes, LOL.

Khanada, I'm the same way. Even a teeny spider gives me the willies. I just really, really don't like those things.

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Imagine a spider that can eat a chicken!
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I think this 1 is from OZ land

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Spiders in Australia are nothing to worry about .

The people on the other hand.

Hello my Antipodiean bretheran .
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What a thread!!1

There are many poisionous spiders and other insect/animals. Funnel web spiders really only live in New South Wales. We don't have them in the west. But then we have a sea snake that swims between here and Timor and is the most lethal anything on the planet. Not that "most lethal" means anything, lethal is lethal. lol

Seriously, you get used to the spiders. And the spiders eat the flys that are infinitely more annoying.

If you are a bugaphob I wouldn't recommend Australia. I have witnessed many an English person scream themselves hoarse at the site of a rhino roach etc.

Most of the insects are in the warmer places. If you go to Canberra there maybe less. Wheres Choaderboy when we need him? Hes from Tassie, he might have a different tale to tell......

To which city where you planning on moving?
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... You can eat them?

Why would you want to?

Also, I gotta agree, the thought of jumping spiders existing doesn't exactly reassure me. Don't think we get those around here, but still...yikes. If one of those ever jumped on me, you can bet I'd scream bloody murder.

Angela
well, its hard to eat the jumping ones, because they, well, jump away

the others you can just wrap in some tin foil and eat

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