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(AZ Family)   While the rest of the country shivers through winter, it's so warm in Phoenix the scorpions and spiders and gila monsters are already coming out of hibernation   (azfamily.com) divider line 86
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2014-02-21 07:27:24 AM  
If you fly to Phoenix...

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2014-02-21 07:27:42 AM  
Call me crazy, but it's fun saying "gila monster".
 
2014-02-21 07:39:50 AM  

FTA "Be careful when you're outside because a lot of the animals you think might be sleeping are active now," said Paula Swanson with the Phoenix Zoo.

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Source
 
2014-02-21 07:42:14 AM  
I really had no idea that spiders and scorpions hibernate. I mean I know they disappear in colder weather, but I thought that they just eff'd off somewhere warmer or whatever.
 
2014-02-21 07:42:55 AM  
Bark Scorpions.
 
2014-02-21 07:52:12 AM  
Wanted for questioning.

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2014-02-21 07:52:29 AM  

Pangit: I really had no idea that spiders and scorpions hibernate. I mean I know they disappear in colder weather, but I thought that they just eff'd off somewhere warmer or whatever.


Their migratory habits are similar to coconuts.
 
2014-02-21 07:54:01 AM  

The_Sponge: Call me crazy, but it's fun saying "gila monster".


Oh, sure, it's fun to say, until one attacks the barn where you are having a dance:

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2014-02-21 07:55:57 AM  
I travel to Phoenix once a month so I'm getting a kick.

/hunt scorpions at night with a blacklight
//good times
 
2014-02-21 07:57:01 AM  
"rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.
 
2014-02-21 07:59:13 AM  

Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.


And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.
 
2014-02-21 08:03:07 AM  

foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.


Except California, which is drying up.

All these strange weather patterns...It's almost like there's something going on with the climate. Naaaah, that's crazy talk.
 
2014-02-21 08:03:21 AM  
Scorpions always come out early ;-)

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/And rock you like a hurricane!
 
2014-02-21 08:06:51 AM  
What shivering? It's been over 60*F for weeks now.
 
2014-02-21 08:06:58 AM  

LordJiro: foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.

Except California, which is drying up.

All these strange weather patterns...It's almost like there's something going on with the climate. Naaaah, that's crazy talk.


No. Pretty much normal weather.
 
2014-02-21 08:07:32 AM  

LordJiro: foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.

Except California, which is drying up.

All these strange weather patterns...It's almost like there's something going on with the climate. Naaaah, that's crazy talk.


try looking up the AMO and PDO if you want to know what is causing the drought
 
2014-02-21 08:08:05 AM  
I had a couple of dozen tarantulas, scorpions, and a few bull snakes in the bed of the pick up driving through the desert one summer morning, and my buddy says, look, a hitchhiker. We pull up to a guy what looks like he's been out there all his life. I don't mean out there in the desert, I mean *Kramer hands* "out there" and he says, you guys going to town? Yeah, I said hop in the back, and he starts to swing his leg into the bed and sees the swimming mass ...Pauses, then grabs his head with both hands and off into the landscape he disappears, screaming.

I don't think he did drugs for too much longer after that. I don't know. I never saw him again.
 
2014-02-21 08:10:40 AM  
Sounds like Australia.
 
2014-02-21 08:18:00 AM  

The_Sponge: Call me crazy, but it's fun saying "gila monster".


Sure it's fun to say it until the pronunciation nazis come out and tell you that you're saying it wrong and it should be pronounced "Hee-la monster". I'll say it how I like!
 
2014-02-21 08:19:30 AM  
The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.
 
2014-02-21 08:24:11 AM  

dittybopper


Oh, sure, it's fun to say, until one attacks the barn where you are having a dance:


"Hey, quit pushin' back there!"

*assumes leg-up position*


Hava, na-gila-hava...
 
2014-02-21 08:24:32 AM  

FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.


fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.
 
2014-02-21 08:26:57 AM  
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2014-02-21 08:29:46 AM  

bwilson27: never saw a "Jumping" tarantula


How do you think they get up on the counter and eat all the cockroaches?
 
2014-02-21 08:30:42 AM  

bwilson27: javelina


free range bacon.
 
2014-02-21 08:39:17 AM  

bwilson27: As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.


This winter has had temps that are anything but normal. It's about 5-15 degrees above average this winter. It's ridiculously warm. I've worn a jacket like twice. We had a cold snap in the middle of December and that was it.

Scorpions...god I hate those things. I went on a killing spree two years ago and took out 5-6 a week for an entire summer. Haven't seen any more since then.
 
2014-02-21 08:42:02 AM  
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They flew in by Gila Copter a hour before you arrilved.
 
2014-02-21 08:42:37 AM  

bwilson27: FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.

fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.


The only kind I've seen are the 'leave me alone, I have somewhere I need to be' variety.
 
2014-02-21 08:42:44 AM  

foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.


Forecasters are bringing up the chance of another Nor-Easter next week.  I hope it's some cruel weather joke or something.
 
2014-02-21 08:48:44 AM  

LtDarkstar: Scorpions always come out early ;-)

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/And rock you like a hurricane!



"Bad boys running WOILED...and you better get out or their WEEEEEEEEEE!"
 
2014-02-21 08:49:53 AM  

BitwiseShift: [img.fark.net image 265x200]
They flew in by Gila Copter a hour before you arrilved.


*slap*
 
2014-02-21 08:51:45 AM  

Krustofsky: foo monkey: Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.

And a week ago, we got 15" of snow.

Forecasters are bringing up the chance of another Nor-Easter next week.  I hope it's some cruel weather joke or something.


Not particularly. The weather been going to extremes like this all winter... 65 degrees, 5 degrees, 70 degrees, 20 degrees will be the pattern over the last week and next week
 
2014-02-21 08:53:08 AM  

FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.


I was living in an extended stay in Tucson a few months after getting laid off. I got a girlfriend in Ohio who came out to visit. I had to keep a pan of water boiling on the stove for her
 
2014-02-21 08:53:39 AM  
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2014-02-21 08:57:28 AM  

bwilson27: FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.

fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.


I've seen a non-captive Gila Monster, at South Mountain park. Never seen a wild rattlesnake though, go figure.
Had a coyote get in my back yard once though.
 
2014-02-21 08:59:43 AM  
Better start profiling them or they will take over and we will all have to learn to speak Gila Monster, Scorpion and Spider. Damned aliens!
 
2014-02-21 09:02:38 AM  

Scorpio Rex: "rest of the country shovers..."

It was 60 degrees in Northern Virginia in the middle of February.  It's going to get close to 70 in Philly this weekend.

All the hibernating species and flowers are confused.


71 here yesterday. Last night late, we had to get out of bed and head to the basement due to a tornado warning. Almost an inch of rain fell over frozen ground, and this morning there's around a dozen daffodil shoots punching up through the frost.

What a world.
 
2014-02-21 09:10:25 AM  
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What some scorpions look like
 
2014-02-21 09:10:58 AM  

knedgecko: bwilson27: FnkyTwn: The Tarantulas that live outside Phoenix are the jumping variety.

What's that? You say you've never heard of jumping tarantulas before? And by "jumping" I mean that when they get startled, they jump straight up into their air, sometimes as high as 6 farking feet. And they just wander around like they own the place in broad farking daylight.

On the plus side you can leave a bag of potato chips open on the counter overnight and they're still fresh and crispy the next day. On the downside, you learn to live without rubber bands, because after about a month they become a game of Russian roulette due to them drying out. Also, don't be surprised if you develop a nose bleed on your first summer visit, due to the lack of humidity.

fark all that. I've lived here all my damned life and never saw a "Jumping" tarantula. Maybe they're out by those decapitated bodies out in the desert?
As for gila monsters, good luck with that. You're 100X more likely to to find a javelina in your backyard then ever seeing one of those.
As for the temps- Meh, pretty much normal.

I've seen a non-captive Gila Monster, at South Mountain park. Never seen a wild rattlesnake though, go figure.
Had a coyote get in my back yard once though.


The Gila Monster is the one of the desert critters I haven't stumbled upon yet. I've seen mountain lion tracks and scat, but have never seen one. Same with bobcats.
 
2014-02-21 09:12:26 AM  

knedgecko: 've seen a non-captive Gila Monster, at South Mountain park. Never seen a wild rattlesnake though, go figure.
Had a coyote get in my back yard once though.


a short list of the wild animals (meaning, not in a zoo) i've seen:

coyotes left and right.  we get them regularly on hte butte outside the house.  i think m onday or tuesday night i saw a little pack of 3 scurrying on the road about 40-50 feet away.

javelina.

a squashed gila monster (rip dude) in tucson, at saguaro national park.  given how slow they move, how colored and big they are, either someone was a farkING ASSHOLE and knowingly ran him over or it happened at night or dusk.  hard to miss those guys.

snakes

pretty sure i saw a coatimundi in tucson's rincon mountains one.

one time i was camping near sedona, the only light being the stars.  amazing.  anyways, i felt something furry brush on my leg like a cat.  like, rubbing on my with a sense of purpsoe.  turned on my flashlight, godamnn skunk!  i said to myself, "now you listen here;  if you don't bother me, i won't bother you, because if one of us bothers the other, we're both gonna regret it."  and he hung aroudn for a minute or two then left.

desert tortoise. cool as shiat!
 
2014-02-21 09:12:59 AM  

generallyso: Pangit: I really had no idea that spiders and scorpions hibernate. I mean I know they disappear in colder weather, but I thought that they just eff'd off somewhere warmer or whatever.

Their migratory habits are similar to coconuts.


Or the dreaded sea sponge.
 
2014-02-21 09:16:44 AM  

rickythepenguin: desert tortoise. cool as shiat!


Ah, that's one I haven't stumbled over. Where'd you see one?
 
2014-02-21 09:26:16 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: dittybopper

Oh, sure, it's fun to say, until one attacks the barn where you are having a dance:


"Hey, quit pushin' back there!"

*assumes leg-up position*


Hava, na-gila-hava...


I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing whenerever...aw, dammit, now I'm doing it.
 
2014-02-21 09:31:10 AM  
I hate scorpions.

The mosquitos out here are worse for people, though. West Nile Virus, FTW!
 
2014-02-21 09:32:05 AM  

The_Sponge: Call me crazy, but it's fun saying "gila monster".


Is it a hard g (like in garage)?  Or a soft g (like in garage)?
 
2014-02-21 09:34:43 AM  

rvesco: Is it a hard g (like in garage)? Or a soft g (like in garage)?


uhhh..."H" as in "helicopter".  Spanish word.


Nadie_AZ: Ah, that's one I haven't stumbled over. Where'd you see one?


twice...once in casa grande desert fifty years ago, and then when we moved to this house, a baby one was in the road (the same road where i saw the coyotes a few days ago).  my wife "rescued"* him, we had him in our yard for a day or two, then she took him to south mountain and released him.


*WHO RESCUED WHO? lol
 
2014-02-21 09:35:34 AM  
In Austin right now the local flora has hit full on start of spring mode.  My fruit tree's are all sprouting flowers and fresh leaves are coming out in force.  If we have another freeze in the next couple of weeks it is really REALLY going to fark up the plants something fierce.
 
2014-02-21 09:39:35 AM  
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orezona: I hate scorpions.

U mad, bruh?


/some call them "sunspiders", i don't know what they are. found this in the backyard. took him to the buttes and released him, shouting through my tears, "run free! run free, my friend! be with your own kind! i will never forget you!"
 
2014-02-21 09:40:37 AM  
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what's worse, the gila monsters have acquired firearms.
 
2014-02-21 09:44:07 AM  

rvesco: The_Sponge: Call me crazy, but it's fun saying "gila monster".

Is it a hard g (like in garage)?  Or a soft g (like in garage)?


It's M as in "Mancy."
 
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