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Old 06-18-2005, 07:23 AM   #46
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I also never knew about Gonna's! Jeez. I should read up on Australia.
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:02 AM   #47
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I should read up on Australia.

Same here ... I never knew about the "spider" issue !!


BTW ... I love your avatar photo, U2Girl1978 ! It makes me
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:11 AM   #48
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If you are a bugaphob I wouldn't recommend Australia.
ahh thank you, you've sufficiently crushed my dream of ever moving there.

australia is insane when it comes to insects and other animals that kill. i saw a documentary about an ant - an ant!!! - where just ONE can kill you if you don't seek medical attention quickly enough. you get the sweats, etc., and eventually paralysis will sink in, pretty similar to a lot of snake bites and stuff. from a fucking ant!

but still, what if you were to stay in the really, really urban areas (like for example, downtown sydney or something, some place that's been urbanized for a long time) and even got pest control? would you still have problems? i mean i know when we lived in an area in florida outside cape canaveral in a suburb that had been recently built we still had problems with umm...bugs and things. the biggest arachnid i've ever seen!! and we found out later it was poisonous! my mom who's afraid of nothing was terrified of killing them because you could still see the legs sticking out when you'd hit them with a broom. it's like killing a wasp, you only get one shot killing them.
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An ant???


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went to the musium today and got talkin to a guy in the insect section,turns out hes an expert on spiders,im goin to one of his lectures on spiders next month...
if we live in an apartment in sydney ill be fine and wont see any funnel, but ill see a lot of red back and a white somethin spider,forget its name,but he said the red back aint aggresive and wont bother us..
pretty good stuff he was tellin me..
wel be goin to sydney within the next 2years, gonna "do" europe first,travel about then head for australia where hopefully wel settle
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Old 06-18-2005, 05:42 PM   #51
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australia is insane when it comes to insects and other animals that kill. i saw a documentary about an ant - an ant!!! - where just ONE can kill you if you don't seek medical attention quickly enough. you get the sweats, etc., and eventually paralysis will sink in, pretty similar to a lot of snake bites and stuff. from a fucking ant!
Those ants aren't in the city though. Most Australians live in a city. Theres really only snakes, spiders and sharks in the city. (unless you live in Canberra as thats inland but its full of politicians. I think I would rather take my chances with the sharks )
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Theres really only ... sharks in the city.
you just gave me the best mental image. i'm picturing some teens out on the town barhopping and all of a sudden this shark starts hassling them or something! goddamn sharks! :get off my damn lawn:
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Actually, Beli was referring to a spin-off from a little known tv series
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Spiders are disgusting, horrid creatures. I had the misfortune of coming across a baboon spider back in Cape Town. I've never been the same since. That's one thing about living in the frigid temperatures of eastern Canada - the worst you get here are little garden spiders.

One of my old Aussie friends was once nabbed by a wolf spider when she was home for holidays. Needless to say, it wasn't a very enjoyable experience for her.
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Yep, they tend to go for the throat.
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Yep, they tend to go for the throat.
Vicious buggers.
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Spiders are disgusting, horrid creatures. I had the misfortune of coming across a baboon spider back in Cape Town. I've never been the same since. That's one thing about living in the frigid temperatures of eastern Canada - the worst you get here are little garden spiders.
The Araneae are not horrid, they are awesome creatures, wonderful predators and some of the most advanced arthropods on the planet. Just look at the web building and communications that they use in mating. Fascinating creatures.

We also have snakes (I saw many a black snake in the woodpile up at the grandparents farm). And then we have the Taipans as well. When I was 8 or so the family were walking along the Yarra River and a snake nearly bit my sister (5 at the time), she stood perfectly still and then backed away.

Really though Australia is a perfectly safe place to visit provided that you use some basic common sense and don't get hysterical.
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Yes, I like the communication some of the females have with the males after mating. They eat them!
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Thats not true for all species though.
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don't get hysterical.
Heh, then I guess I'd be screwed, 'cause like I said, if, say, a jumping spider ever pounced on me...I'd go nuts.

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