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Old 06-17-2005, 09:51 AM   #1
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Australia..spiders

Hey,
Im trying to convince my man to move to Australia but he suffers a huge fear of spiders ...i know this place gets the biggest and meanist,but how bad is it to live there around them,is it a problem?he says everything is perfect bout australia bar the spiders n ive always wanted to move there
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http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/Spidaus.html

try that and goodluck


http://www.usyd.edu.au/anaes/venom/spiders.html

only 3 types can kill you thats not bad considering there are thousand of different kinds.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:01 AM   #3
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after looking at them horrible things i'm glad i live in boring old england where there are pretty much NO deadly spiders to speak of!
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omg those spiders!
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:21 AM   #5
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I just recieved this in my e mail this morning.

Three women in North Florida, turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death.
There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood. These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common.
It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same restaurant Olive Garden) within days of their deaths.
The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down.
The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail.
The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check.
She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom. That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read,drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat.
Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider.
The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was Determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect.
They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.
Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home.
He did not visit (Olive Garden), while there. He did, as did all of
the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock. Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India.
The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes!
It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country. So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders.
It can save your life!
And please pass this on to everyone you care about.


*Thinks this is an Urban Legend ... But I would check if I were you
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That is full of crap. HA!

No seriously it is an urban legend.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/buttspdr.htm
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:00 PM   #7
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Ha - Thought it migh be - But I'll be checking all the same.
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wtf? There's spiders everywhere. Even in Michigan we have poisonous ones.
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Spiders...*Shudders*. Hate those things.

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spiders taste good on the barbeque
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Spiders look cool and I know they eat bad bugs, but why oh why do they make "jumping" spiders? That's just mean!!
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ok this may sound dumb but would living in a highrise prevent funnel webs entering?,i just read they enter ground level from the garden..
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spiders taste good on the barbeque
... 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.

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I have a real bad phobia of spiders. I'm even afraid of Daddy Long Legs.
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why oh why do they make "jumping" spiders?
huntsman spiders

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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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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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