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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.

iambrony.steeph.tp-radio.de
 
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:

ilarge.listal.com
 
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  
upload.wikimedia.org
img.fark.net
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."
 
2014-02-21 09:46:40 AM  

rickythepenguin: [img.fark.net image 486x365]


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!"


Ah whip scorpions. I had the unfortunate moment of one crawling into my sleeping bag one evening and scaring the ever living hell out of me. They aren't dangerous, but they are do look creepy.
 
2014-02-21 09:50:16 AM  
What about Sheriff Joe? Has he come out of hiberation yet?
 
2014-02-21 09:52:26 AM  

Bermuda59: What about Sheriff Joe? Has he come out of hiberation yet?


Actually ...
 
2014-02-21 10:00:07 AM  
At 40 degrees yesterday, in my basement I saw my first active house centipede of the year...in February.  Thinking a gas can and a match. I don't mind the centipedes; it's the reaction after the wife sees one.
 
2014-02-21 10:03:51 AM  

Nadie_AZ: rickythepenguin: desert tortoise. cool as shiat!

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


We saw one near wind cave (a hike in the eastern valley, I think the loop is called mountain pass). It was smaller than the palm of my hand. Very cool.
/we took a pic but posting on mobile is prohibitively difficult

I see no one mentioning jackrabbits. Those animals mess with me every time I see them. My first thought is always "what the hell is that baby kangaroo doing over there?"
 
2014-02-21 10:07:59 AM  

Nadie_AZ: rickythepenguin: [img.fark.net image 486x365]


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!"

Ah whip scorpions. I had the unfortunate moment of one crawling into my sleeping bag one evening and scaring the ever living hell out of me. They aren't dangerous, but they are do look creepy.


That aint' a "whip scorpion". It's a "Wind Scorpion" a.k.a Camel Spider

In Phoenix proper, I've seen skunks, more coyotes than I can care to count, road runners, but never gila monsters or rattlesnakes.
 
2014-02-21 10:14:11 AM  

rickythepenguin: [img.fark.net image 486x365]


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!"


Those are called  Solifugae
 
2014-02-21 10:17:13 AM  

Nadie_AZ: 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.


climbing a ledge on South mountain once, I brought my head up to see that there was a small cave right there. And it was occupied.  By a bobcat that snarled and struck.  I jumped back as he was moving towards me, got the slightest cut across my nose as I fell backwards, had I not been falling from surprise, would have ripped my face open.  (the ten foot fall was TOTALLY worth not having my face ripped open. )  He snarled again, then went back into his cave.
 
2014-02-21 10:19:30 AM  
 
2014-02-21 10:25:21 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.


African or European?
 
2014-02-21 10:33:00 AM  
As beautiful as the Sonoran desert is, scorpions entering my home are an excellent reason not to live there.
 
2014-02-21 10:35:57 AM  

kidgenius: Nadie_AZ: rickythepenguin: [img.fark.net image 486x365]


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!"

Ah whip scorpions. I had the unfortunate moment of one crawling into my sleeping bag one evening and scaring the ever living hell out of me. They aren't dangerous, but they are do look creepy.

That aint' a "whip scorpion". It's a "Wind Scorpion" a.k.a Camel Spider

In Phoenix proper, I've seen skunks, more coyotes than I can care to count, road runners, but never gila monsters or rattlesnakes.


Wind. Got it. Thanks.
 
2014-02-21 10:36:21 AM  
I live in the northeast valley (Phoenix/Scottsdale) since birth (let's just say I am a baby boomer).   I have never seen a Gila Monster in the wild, only one black widow, 3 scorpions, three rattlesnakes.  Since being in this new house, I see coyotes and javelina ALL THE TIME.
 
2014-02-21 10:37:13 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.


Last week we had people from our Chicago office in town an they were joking about our great spring weather, since after the snow we got up into the 40s.
 
2014-02-21 10:48:20 AM  

Incredulous: rev. dave: Bark Scorpions.


http://arizonaoddities.com/2011/01/how-to-keep-scorpians-away-from-y ou r-home/


What if the little farkers built a nest under your house? 'Cos I swear they must be coming in through a crack in the foundation.

/ Including the little bastard that stung me last week
// Twice
 
2014-02-21 11:03:17 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.


You are aware that those climate models you so desperately cling to predict California to have wetter climate. Right? Oh wait. Any change is proof to you, even if counter to predictions.
 
2014-02-21 11:12:04 AM  

ph0rk: As beautiful as the Sonoran desert is, scorpions entering my home are an excellent reason not to live there.


Scorpions are just interesting looking bugs that are less harmful than a lot of spiders. They mostly cling to the perimeter of rooms, stay on the floor (no creepy webs or falling in your hair) and can be killed passively without toxic chemicals (diatomaceous earth) so I choose them over spiders.

/still hates centipedes and millipedes
 
2014-02-21 11:20:46 AM  

rickythepenguin: 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!"


Also called a whip scorpion. They are pseudoscorpions... neither really scorpion nor spider. They are non-venomous (though they can bite hard), and eat other insects, including real scorpions.
 
2014-02-21 11:24:12 AM  

rickythepenguin: [img.fark.net image 486x365]


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!"


Looks like a Vinegaroon. Welcome to Arizona.

Honestly, the only thing people really 'fear' in Phoenix at least is Black Widows. There are organized groups of 'survivors' from Black Widow bites that go door to door for free and will go through your backyard looking for them because apparently even though nobody dies after being bitten, it is excruciating enough to make you want to join a group of people that voluntarily kills them in other people's yards. I've heard it's 48 hours of intense pain and tripping, and then it's just mostly painful for 2 weeks after that.
 
2014-02-21 11:31:12 AM  

FnkyTwn: Vinegaroon.


Mean as hell. Pur them out of my boots in the morning and feed them to the rattlesnakes under my bed.
 
2014-02-21 12:12:04 PM  

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.


Bumble bees disappearing, polar bears drowning, jellyfish stinging...and now spiders in Arizona! My God, how can people keep ignoring all this scientific evidence?
 
2014-02-21 12:14:47 PM  
... who the hell is scared of gila monsters? I've never. ever heard of one messing with a person.

Anywho, it would be great if we could get a sudden seasonal cold snap, kill all the stuff that woke up early, than back to the warm.
 
2014-02-21 12:17:10 PM  

elysive: Scorpions are just interesting looking bugs that are less harmful than a lot of spiders. They mostly cling to the perimeter of rooms, stay on the floor (no creepy webs or falling in your hair) and can be killed passively without toxic chemicals (diatomaceous earth) so I choose them over spiders.


When I was a teenager I was stung by a bark scorpion. Which is how I discovered that I'm allergic to scorpions. The tl;dr version is that I had to go to the hospital for an antivenin shot because my throat started closing up on me, and my whole arm had that pins-and-needles painful numbness for about a week afterwards. Scorpions used to materialize at night in our bathroom, and for years afterward 2 AM trips to take a piss were exercises in terror.

Fark everything about those motherfarking scorpions.
 
2014-02-21 12:43:07 PM  
But enough about Jan Brewer...
 
2014-02-21 12:53:40 PM  
We've been 68-82 almost daily for 2 weeks in El Paso.

/You'll get your revenge when we have a hotter than normal summer -- mid 100's
//"It's a dry heat" does make a big difference when its 105.  Phoenix/Vegas' 120, not so much.
 
2014-02-21 01:20:35 PM  

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 actualy pronounced with an h sound. like heella monster
 
2014-02-21 01:28:32 PM  
I have lived in central Nevada for about 4 years now and the lizards are out and about already. we don't have gilas here but all the rest of the headline critters are here. the whole time I have lived here other people have caught them and showed me. The only wild dangerous critters I have seen was a rattle snake about 3 years ago and a 8 inch long centipede the year after that. found a whip snake last fall but those are not even a little bit dangerous.
 
2014-02-21 02:28:14 PM  

Banned on the Run: We've been 68-82 almost daily for 2 weeks in El Paso.

/You'll get your revenge when we have a hotter than normal summer -- mid 100's
//"It's a dry heat" does make a big difference when its 105.  Phoenix/Vegas' 120, not so much.


Favorite Arizona cartoon.

Two skeletons by the pool, "Yes, but it's a dry heat."
 
2014-02-21 02:38:26 PM  

Infobahn: I live in the northeast valley (Phoenix/Scottsdale) since birth (let's just say I am a baby boomer).   I have never seen a Gila Monster in the wild, only one black widow, 3 scorpions, three rattlesnakes.  Since being in this new house, I see coyotes and javelina ALL THE TIME.


I know where there's gila monsters. I'm working at their lair. No, really, it's known as a gila monster hotspot. I saw two of them last year, and I was only there for a couple of hours. So they do exist. I haven't seen a rattler yet, but they're out.

It's so damn hot here that I don't even think some of the vegetation dropped their leaves. They're just growing on....."record high, record high" every day on NPR. Also "15 degrees above normal, 18 degrees above normal." I think we can just forget about "normal" from here on out.

/Bartlett Dam. Gila monster heaven.
//Imma get good picture of one this year.
///See you all in 10 days, I'm on the way out now.
 
2014-02-21 02:49:28 PM  

MyRandomName: 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.

You are aware that those climate models you so desperately cling to predict California to have wetter climate. Right? Oh wait. Any change is proof to you, even if counter to predictions.

Wake up and smell the coffee Francis. You are aware he didn't present any climate models or predictions, just stated how strange current conditions are, right?
He also preemptively struck back at stupid replies. Especially those who deny the accumulation of facts of oddities in the weather, as if it is just as it was a few decades ago. (Yeah, I know what you mean LordJiro.)

/Still, the Fark quoting is a joke. Drew Curtis needs to visit someone elses forum.
 
2014-02-21 03:06:48 PM  
and in San Diego, my cat is already shedding like it is the start of summer.
 
2014-02-21 03:13:56 PM  
i was bitten by a vinagaroon one time.  for 2 or 3 days, everything i tried to eat tasted like a combination of bleach and vinegar.

csb
 
2014-02-21 03:44:21 PM  
It's about 45 degrees HERE. I could tell you where HERE is, but why on Earth would I want to include that information in my post?
 
2014-02-21 04:07:53 PM  

Banned on the Run: We've been 68-82 almost daily for 2 weeks in El Paso.

/You'll get your revenge when we have a hotter than normal summer -- mid 100's
//"It's a dry heat" does make a big difference when its 105.  Phoenix/Vegas' 120, not so much.


If it ever got to 120 degrees in Florida with 100 percent humidity (or any other state where 100%humidity is common during hot summers), I think people would just implode as there would be no other way to escape the state quickly enough.
/120 degrees is never pleasant, but it's survivable here if not tolerable and swamp cooler type A/C units actually work
 
2014-02-21 07:40:01 PM  

Moist Towlette: and in San Diego, my cat is already shedding like it is the start of summer.


Ohgod...not only are the cats blowing their coats, but let's just say I have found out the following:

a) Certain large close relatives of Shibes tend to have quite wooly coats in winter.
b) When aforementioned mega-doges blow their coats they tend to lose it in such a degree it is theoretically possible to knit a dog-wool sweater from the clumps of puppy wool the poor dogs shed :D

(Friends with Akitas + Ohio Valley entering an even-more-bipolar-than-usual spring pattern alternating between literally tornadic weather and snowstorms = damn, that's a lot of puppy wool :D)
 
2014-02-21 09:37:48 PM  
I have a gila monster in my pants.
 
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