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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Aussie Wildlife
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, December 19, 2021 12:06 AM

The wife has called this little bloke 'Harry Hairylegs'. It is a very common Australian spider called a Huntsman. He is just a bit larger than the palm of my hand and can grow up to a whole handspan. He roams all over the house eating flies and mosquitoes. Huntsman spiders do bite, but they are not poisonous and have a nasty habbit of dropping on you from doorways and such.

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:47 AM

That is creepy looking. When you have them in your house what do you do with them? 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:28 AM

Since I'm not a fan of anything with more than 4 legs, you can have them.

Almost as big as out tarantula.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:53 AM

   As he probably really does not mean to scare or harm me....he drops on me and it would be the last thing the poor fella does. Not hate just fear.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:15 AM

Oh heck, you should put a Santa hat on him!

I saw a seven cm spider a couple months ago and thought it was friggin' huge...

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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:44 AM

The only thing in this world that I hate more than a spider, is two spiders.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:52 PM

That's a big one.  We have tarantualas where I live but they keep to themselves outside - except for one guy that must have got lost and somehow wandered into my pantry where our little dog cornered it.  Poor spider was terrified and gladly walked into my tupperware.  I released him outside to hunt insects :)

 

 

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 3:15 PM

Aww, come on people - I wouldn't want to hug a spider, but they are just like us - I mean they are building all the time! Show them some affection! Think about it - most of them are girls (males often get eaten) - what's not to like about girls who like to build and hunt? Eh?

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Posted by rcguy on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 3:17 PM

I can not even imagine.

I complain sometimes about the cold weather we have to deal with here in north western Canada.

 

The good thing about the cold weather we have it keeps the bugs from getting big.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 3:19 PM

Pawel
what's not to like about girls who like to build and hunt?

Eight legs and venomous fangs?

Not my favourite children of Nature..... uuuuurrrgh!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7:30 PM

Isn't the funnel web bigger and nastier that that one?I've never been there and never will be but I heard they were something to be avoided.

In Okinawa we had banana spiders, huge things and very fast.  Fortunately they tried to stay away from people if they could.

Here we have the ocasional Black Widow, heavily armored and can give a nasty bite that could take months to get over.  The Brown Widow is larger, faster, I think just as venomous and sometimes I think bordering on intellegent.  I sprayed one once and put it into a plastic box to show my new neighbor what I was talking about  when describing them.  It layed upside down all day with its legs folded as they will do when hit with spray.  When I went to show it to my neighbor when he got home from work, I open the box lid and as soon as I did it flipped over on its legs and ran for the opening.  I immediately dumped the box and it got away.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7:44 PM

We have widows and recluses out here, but at least we don't need a 12ga to deal with themBig Smile

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:39 PM

When I was in Irac we had camel spiders and they got huge. They were nasty and scary looking . I hated them.

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Posted by Dodgy on Friday, December 24, 2021 4:29 AM

Sorry about the late response fellas, but it's that time of year.............

Lurch: What do we do with them? Leave em alone and let em hunt.

Goldhammer: I'd rather a huntsman than your tarantulas! And as for using a 12 g. on it, the buggers got more arms than me and he's a damn sight faster. Would probably rip it out of my arms and hunt me......

Armornut: These things move fast, incredibly fast and I think they train with paratroopers.

patrick206: Where's there's one.............

Keavdog: Your tarantulas look like our funnel webs. Neither to be taken lightly!

Pawel: It may be a girl, but apparently in this day and age it can identify as anything it wants, as long as I don't get eaten I dont care.

rcguy: I hear you, but you got wolves n' stuff.

ikar01: You are are right, the funnel web is much nastier and bulkier in the body, but the huntsman has a bigger overall spread. Just quietly, you can keep your banana spiders, tarantulas and black/brown widows. I'll happily stick with Harry.

Lurch: I've seen photos of those camel spiders from mates who served in the sandpit. Don't ever want to eyeball a real one!

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Friday, December 24, 2021 6:34 PM

One of the cable channels must be watching this thread. Svengollie on METV is running " Earth vs the Spider" tomorrow night.Wink

Alternative Xmas programming.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, December 25, 2021 12:34 PM

Hey, Dodgy! That must've  been related to the one that hitched back to america on my boat!

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Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:49 PM

Did he pull his weight on a shore run?

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