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(Metro)   Say, remember when we discovered those venomous tarantulas as big as your face? Good times   (metro.co.uk) divider line 80
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2013-04-03 05:14:38 PM  
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2013-04-03 05:39:47 PM  
The distinctive markings on the underside of the female male tarantula spider

Sri Lanka, where even the spiders are ladyboys.
 
2013-04-03 09:16:36 PM  
There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.
 
2013-04-03 09:30:44 PM  
So what? They're still pretty small. Just kick it out of your way.
 
2013-04-03 11:36:54 PM  

doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.


Daddy long legs aren't spiders...
 
2013-04-03 11:40:12 PM  

SpdrJay: doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.

Daddy long legs aren't spiders...


Yes they are..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae
 
2013-04-03 11:41:36 PM  

SpdrJay: doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.

Daddy long legs aren't spiders...


Do they have 8 legs?

If so, they are spiders.

/not a biologist
//obviously
 
2013-04-03 11:44:48 PM  
I love spider threads.

/no snark
 
2013-04-03 11:45:44 PM  
I think it was an interview with James Randi where the person interviewed was digging behind a desk to figure out why Arthur C. Clarke's computer wasn't working and found a plethora of insect life.

I can fully believe Sri Lanka having giant spiders. They have lots of insects to live off of.
 
2013-04-03 11:45:57 PM  
Well, cross another country off my list.
 
2013-04-03 11:47:00 PM  

stuartp9: SpdrJay: doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.

Daddy long legs aren't spiders...

Yes they are..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae


You're both right.  Disambiguation Page
 
2013-04-03 11:48:01 PM  
And are these tarantulas susceptible to fire?  I think we should test it.
 
2013-04-03 11:48:12 PM  
My face is bigger than a Sri Lankan's.  Doesn't any biologist take measurements anymore?
 
2013-04-03 11:52:42 PM  
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2013-04-03 11:58:53 PM  
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Darnit BarkingUnicorn, I was going to explain the Havestman/Cellar Spider thing! So anyway, here's a blue tarantula.
 
2013-04-03 11:58:53 PM  
Also from Sri Lanka:

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Poecilotheria metallica.

Sri Lanka is apparently the place to be if you're a tarantula.
 
2013-04-04 12:00:11 AM  
SIMULPOSTED!
 
2013-04-04 12:02:53 AM  
I think it'll be cool to own one of these as pets. Secured in a bulletproof glass and tempered proof cage. The entire house would of course be rigged with C-4 and remote detonation in the odd chance that something happens and it escape.
 
2013-04-04 12:03:17 AM  
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Spider thread! Spider thread!
This is certain to inspire dread!
Ain't it cool that somewhere in space
Some of my kin are as big as your face?!
Hey there......Here comes the spider thrrrrrrrrrrread!
 
2013-04-04 12:10:48 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: stuartp9: SpdrJay: doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.

Daddy long legs aren't spiders...

Yes they are..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae

You're both right.  Disambiguation Page


Common names sure are fun, aren't they?

Personally, I will always think of the cellar spiders as bathtub spiders. That's where I'm used to seeing them, in my parents' old farmhouse. (They're clumsy, delicate things, and I've rescued plenty of them from possible drowning.)

The non-spider daddy long legs seem to prefer it outdoors.

/And who the heck calls a crane fly a daddy long legs?
 
2013-04-04 12:16:55 AM  
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

And then shoot it, just to be sure.

Then nuke it from orbit, and seed the ground with salt.
 
2013-04-04 12:26:29 AM  
www.camo-solutions.com

Amirite?
 
2013-04-04 12:28:42 AM  
Did someone say SPIDER THREAD?

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2013-04-04 12:30:05 AM  
In keeping with the "bird-eating" theme:

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2013-04-04 12:30:46 AM  
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2013-04-04 12:31:49 AM  
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2013-04-04 12:32:45 AM  
chewypopcorn.com
 
2013-04-04 12:33:47 AM  
And for anyone that likes snakes too.

i182.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-04 12:37:15 AM  

doglover: Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.


Pretty much anything from the genus Poecilotheria ("pokeys" as they're commonly known) isn't something you want to be bitten by - they have venom that's "medically significant", like most other Old World tarantulas.  And they're *fast*, and rather aggressive.

/but they're pretty, especially those bright blue P. metallicas
 
2013-04-04 12:40:47 AM  
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Oh wonderful. Another source of food for those starving ethernopians. Of course, they could also solve their hunger problem by STOP BREEDING LIKE ROACHES!!
 
2013-04-04 12:41:08 AM  

doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.


^ Your education comes from forwarded emails, doesn't it?
 
2013-04-04 12:42:16 AM  
Remember how in the movie Tron when Clu crashed his tank into the wall and screamed and it sounded like a woman screaming?

That's the exact scream I screamed when I clicked on the link.
 
2013-04-04 12:47:40 AM  
Harry Potter fans may recall this as the "spider" that Mad-Eye Murphy tormented and killed.  In the movie, they used a Tanzanian Giant  Tailless Whipscorpion because it was scarier than any spider they could find.

animal-world.com

My son had one.  It is not a giant; only about a half-inch across the thorax.
Learned later it's not a scorpion, and they aren't found in Tanzania.
It was tailless, however, and totally harmless.
 
2013-04-04 12:51:39 AM  

stuartp9: SpdrJay: doglover: There's no spider species that isn't venomous. Some are mostly harmless, like the daddy long legs, but ALL spiders posses some venom.

Daddy long legs aren't spiders...

Yes they are..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae




Not necessarily
 
2013-04-04 12:54:08 AM  
Some of you are complete bastards posting pics that scare the living shiat out of people.

You can just go to hell with large tarantula legs twitching out of your anuses.
 
2013-04-04 01:00:18 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Some of you are complete bastards posting pics that scare the living shiat out of people.

You can just go to hell with large tarantula legs twitching out of your anuses.


Wouldn't the hair itch like the dickens?
 
2013-04-04 01:00:25 AM  
Ok, here you go:

One time at work, had to do something messy so I grabbed a shop apron, which had been hanging on the corner of a work bench in the machine shop in the back. Denim, with a couple of large pockets in the front. So I have this thing on for an hour or so, and I sit down and kind of slide my hand down toward the left pocket. And I feel something and pull my hand up to look and it's this dessicated corpse of a large waterbug, with spiderwebs on it. I shake my hand and jump up and this..thing drops to the ground. Body about the size of a medium-sized marble, the biggest  purple widow spider I have ever seen. I say purple because its body was so engorged from the just-finished meal that it was no longer black any more. I shrieked like a little girl of course, before smashing it to bits.

Near as I could tell, it was feeding on the waterbug, in the pocket that whole time, and I had somehow managed to not place my hand in the pocket.
 
2013-04-04 01:00:26 AM  
Had a pokie once, couldn't walk right for a month after she bit me. Learned that if you get bit by one, it is best to do as little physical activity as possible for a 2-3 days as whatever muscles you use in that time will go wonky for a month.
 
2013-04-04 01:03:02 AM  

SuperNinjaToad: I think it'll be cool to own one of these as pets. Secured in a bulletproof glass and tempered proof cage. The entire house would of course be rigged with C-4 and remote detonation in the odd chance that something happens and it escape.


LOL! that made me laugh..hard.
 
2013-04-04 01:04:00 AM  
Have you seen the ones that lay eggs in your eyeball while you sleep?
rookery.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-04-04 01:05:07 AM  

Yogimus: TheShavingofOccam123: Some of you are complete bastards posting pics that scare the living shiat out of people.

You can just go to hell with large tarantula legs twitching out of your anuses.

Wouldn't the hair itch like the dickens?


Don't knock it till you try it....

/the hard part is convincing the tarantula...
 
2013-04-04 01:05:17 AM  

addy2: SuperNinjaToad: I think it'll be cool to own one of these as pets. Secured in a bulletproof glass and tempered proof cage. The entire house would of course be rigged with C-4 and remote detonation in the odd chance that something happens and it escape.

LOL! that made me laugh..hard.



They always make the airholes too big... the babies... they always forget about the babies...
 
2013-04-04 01:06:32 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Harry Potter fans may recall this as the "spider" that Mad-Eye Murphy tormented and killed.  In the movie, they used a Tanzanian Giant  Tailless Whipscorpion because it was scarier than any spider they could find.

[animal-world.com image 400x297]

My son had one.  It is not a giant; only about a half-inch across the thorax.
Learned later it's not a scorpion, and they aren't found in Tanzania.
It was tailless, however, and totally harmless.


Arachnids are so much scarier than insects.
 
2013-04-04 01:11:11 AM  

Yogimus: addy2: SuperNinjaToad: I think it'll be cool to own one of these as pets. Secured in a bulletproof glass and tempered proof cage. The entire house would of course be rigged with C-4 and remote detonation in the odd chance that something happens and it escape.

LOL! that made me laugh..hard.


They always make the airholes too big... the babies... they always forget about the babies...


nightmare material. perfect.
 
2013-04-04 01:11:55 AM  
Metro takes no responsibility for any bad dreams you may have tonight.

I had my spider dreams last night, thanks.


BarkingUnicorn: My face is bigger than a Sri Lankan's.  Doesn't any biologist take measurements anymore?


Yeah, you'd think they'd put something next to it for perspective.


Ablejack: SIMULPOSTED!


I think that's the first time I've seen it done to the second like that.
 
2013-04-04 01:16:36 AM  

stuartp9: Yes they are..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae


Those are, but these aren't:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvestman
 
2013-04-04 01:23:14 AM  

fusillade762: Ablejack: SIMULPOSTED!

I think that's the first time I've seen it done to the second like that.


THIS. Congrats, you two, the Internet is now broken. I shall fix it.

grizzlybomb.com

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-04 01:46:06 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Some of you are complete bastards posting pics that scare the living shiat out of people.

You can just go to hell with large tarantula legs twitching out of your anuses.


Hey, no hard feelings, eh?
natural-japan.net
Let's shake hands and be friends.
 
2013-04-04 01:53:02 AM  

Cagey B: In keeping with the "bird-eating" theme:


What IS that? It looks like an orb weaver as large as a bird. If so that may be one of the scariest things I've ever seen. The 2" orb weaver we had in the front yard last summer freaked me out enough.
 
2013-04-04 01:54:16 AM  

ISO15693: Have you seen the ones that lay eggs in your eyeball while you sleep?
[rookery.s3.amazonaws.com image 624x459]


If I have bad dreams tonight I'm going to sue you.
 
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