Copperbelly watersnake: They're here in the USA. I had one drop into my canoe once. Thankfully we had just landed or my wife and son would've flipped the canoe in their rush to jump out of the canoe.
bikerbob59: Copperbelly watersnake: They're here in the USA. I had one drop into my canoe once. Thankfully we had just landed or my wife and son would've flipped the canoe in their rush to jump out of the canoe.You said canoe three times.
Smoking GNU: No need to fear:[www.visualphotos.com image 650x452]Except for me personally. Spiders are meh. Wasps and hornets scare the living bejesusing crapnuggets out of me.
20/20: I honestly read that as "flesh-eating" spiders.
xria: 20/20: I honestly read that as "flesh-eating" spiders.I don't think many spiders are herbivores, so aren't most of spiders flesh-eating spiders?
MrHappyRotter: I assumed this was a well-known behavior, and that it was common for some species. I've seen it take place. The spider was what I assumed to be related to a wolf spider (though wikipedia suggests not), but they were of similar sizes and superficially of similar body shape. These aren't the orb weaver, sit around and wait for a meal kind of spiders, they are fast and semi-active hunters.Anyway, they're very common around these parts, particularly around streams and ponds with grassy banks. The biggest fish I've seen them eat and catch were mosquito fish / minnows. We're not talking about a spider that can catch a catfish or anything.
smd31: Spiders, wasps and bees freak me out...I really have to remember not to come into spider threads....
Lincatz: Cool spider story time. Up in the Algonquin, Muskoka and Haliburton Highlands area of Ontario, Canada lives a spider called The Dock Spider. It's also called the fishing spider or minnow spider -and the local sciencey-minded people call them nursery web spiders because they keep their thousand or so babies in a small web. Most are a few inches long, a few can become about 6 inches long body and legs, and a few lucky ladies manage to live several years and grow to mammoth proportions. They aren't rare, but they are often overlooked because their coloration matches the rocks that rim many of these deep cold lakes. Here's the one that lives under and around the dock at the family cottages[www.lincatz.com image 641x656]This lovely lady is a bit larger than a DVD and blends in quite well with her surroundings. Occasionally she likes to sun herself on the dock itself, where her greyness blends in with the weathered wood even more successfully than with the rocks. Her fangs can go through flip flops -but not crocs. They usually are quite docile and don't bite, but a big human foot stomping near them will rouse them into a biting frenzy. As much as I despise crocs -it's what is needed to avoid nasty surprises when one inevitably steps on one of these. If we swim under the dock there's a webbed net with her little progeny all consuming large numbers of water critters -including the ubiquitous mosquito. So we take the good: fewer blood suckers -with the bad: giant spiders The science-type name is nopenopenope -I mean dolomedes -the two species of the group are impossible to tell without microscopes. They are members of the Wolf Spider clan, distant relatives to tarantulas. Shortly after this picture was taken she returned to the water's edge where she calmly caught and devoured a small minnow.
lindalouwho: I'm a Pisces, should I be worried?
Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: And this is exactly why I continually admonish my Mother for wanting every spider she finds immediately squished.
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