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2020-06-22 4:00:48 PM  
Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.
 
2020-06-22 4:13:49 PM  
As I'm writing this right now, a tiny spider is running around my screen. I love spiders. That's a big one in the
link. Yikes.
 
2020-06-22 4:22:11 PM  
I had a Chilean rosehair when I was younger, his name was Arachnotron
 
2020-06-22 4:22:45 PM  
Oh come on subby, you big baby.
 
2020-06-22 4:24:03 PM  
They do have a benefit, they keep the pest population down by eating roaches

I'll happily take the spider.
 
2020-06-22 4:25:31 PM  
Nuke Texas, F that shiat.
 
2020-06-22 4:25:45 PM  
Tarantulas are cool and easy going.

As bugs go, they're ok, and they eat other bugs.
 
2020-06-22 4:26:53 PM  

flaming bob: They do have a benefit, they keep the pest population down by eating roaches

I'll happily take the spider.


And trained to patrol the kitchen at night.
 
2020-06-22 4:29:00 PM  
This is what qualifies as Emmy award-winning journalism?
 
2020-06-22 4:29:39 PM  
If you are an adult and terrified of spiders see a psychologist.
 
2020-06-22 4:29:40 PM  
This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..
 
2020-06-22 4:29:41 PM  
Everything's bigger in Texas.

Including the mess made by the painters responsible for that craptacular masking job. "Luxury" my arse.
 
2020-06-22 4:32:03 PM  

FarkinNortherner: Everything's bigger in Texas.

Including the mess made by the painters responsible for that craptacular masking job. "Luxury" my arse.


TFA:
They called the front office of their apartment complex
...


Looks like subby completely fabricated the "luxury home" bit out of thin air.
 
2020-06-22 4:33:27 PM  
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2020-06-22 4:35:08 PM  

UberDave: Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.


No kidding, oversized spiders are a dime a dozen in Texas. When my folks bought our old family home in the Houston area in the mid-80s, the entire courtyard had been webbed in by a banana spider with a leg span roughly the size of an NBA player's hand, and the real estate agent showing the house assured us that it wasn't even the biggest one he was aware of in the neighborhood.

The gal in TFA is in for a rude awakening if she ever actually pays attention to any of the critters around her when (if) she's outside.
 
2020-06-22 4:36:23 PM  
Bible thumpers and Fire Ants...like Sherman said, "If I owned both Hell and Texas I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas.."
 
2020-06-22 4:37:01 PM  
FTA:Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise.

The cable got fixed?
 
2020-06-22 4:41:09 PM  

Grumpy Cat: As I'm writing this right now, a tiny spider is running around my screen. I love spiders. That's a big one in the
link. Yikes.


There's a groovy spider between my window and screen that has claws like a scorpion, sort of, but no scorpion tail.  No clue what it is but it's been fun to watch for a couple days.

Also just had a friggen wasp land on my back a few minutes ago.  I am inside in a 2nd floor room with all windows are locked up tight so now i have to figure out how tf it got in.  Thankfully it left my back (I am shirtless) and landed on the window sill where it met its fate with a paper towel.

Stray spiders get escorted outside, things that fly and sting get squished, things that fly and don't sting are at the mercy of the cats.
 
2020-06-22 4:46:07 PM  
Texas spider found in Texas.  This isn't news.
 
2020-06-22 4:47:59 PM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..


I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.
 
2020-06-22 4:48:54 PM  
Slow news day?
 
2020-06-22 4:49:43 PM  

Lochaber_Axe: AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..

I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.


The neighborhood I grew up in was the deadliest place in America for house cats.

Why? Raccoons ain't nothin' to fark with.
 
2020-06-22 4:52:06 PM  

Lochaber_Axe: AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..

I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.


Did you fail at reading comprehension in school? I said critters, and not wild animals...
/last time a wild coyote showed up in Oakland, a truck smashed into it..
 
2020-06-22 4:52:08 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Grumpy Cat: As I'm writing this right now, a tiny spider is running around my screen. I love spiders. That's a big one in the
link. Yikes.

There's a groovy spider between my window and screen that has claws like a scorpion, sort of, but no scorpion tail.  No clue what it is but it's been fun to watch for a couple days.

Also just had a friggen wasp land on my back a few minutes ago.  I am inside in a 2nd floor room with all windows are locked up tight so now i have to figure out how tf it got in.  Thankfully it left my back (I am shirtless) and landed on the window sill where it met its fate with a paper towel.

Stray spiders get escorted outside, things that fly and sting get squished, things that fly and don't sting are at the mercy of the cats.


That's a solifugid. Sun spiders, camel spiders, whiptail scorpions... all the same family.

Yes, Virginia, they are the bastard love children (taxonomically) of mygalomorphs (primitive spiders) and scorpids (scorpions... obviously).

/"vinegaroons" are also in the same family.
 
2020-06-22 4:52:12 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Grumpy Cat: As I'm writing this right now, a tiny spider is running around my screen. I love spiders. That's a big one in the
link. Yikes.

There's a groovy spider between my window and screen that has claws like a scorpion, sort of, but no scorpion tail.  No clue what it is but it's been fun to watch for a couple days.

Also just had a friggen wasp land on my back a few minutes ago.  I am inside in a 2nd floor room with all windows are locked up tight so now i have to figure out how tf it got in.  Thankfully it left my back (I am shirtless) and landed on the window sill where it met its fate with a paper towel.

Stray spiders get escorted outside, things that fly and sting get squished, things that fly and don't sting are at the mercy of the cats.


Whip scorpion/vinegaroon?
 
2020-06-22 4:54:10 PM  

emtwo: Lochaber_Axe: AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..

I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.

The neighborhood I grew up in was the deadliest place in America for house cats.

Why? Raccoons ain't nothin' to fark with.


My cats are indoor only because the raccoons are just such a nuisance...
 
2020-06-22 4:55:14 PM  
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2020-06-22 4:56:09 PM  

UberDave: Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.


This. I lived is SW OK for a couple of years. The tarantulas are nothing compared to the rattlesnakes and scorpions.
 
2020-06-22 4:56:49 PM  
99% of spiders are cool. In Texas, the only two venomous species are brown recluse and black widows. Leave spiders alone.
 
2020-06-22 4:56:52 PM  
"I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.

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2020-06-22 4:59:10 PM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: emtwo: Lochaber_Axe: AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..

I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.

The neighborhood I grew up in was the deadliest place in America for house cats.

Why? Raccoons ain't nothin' to fark with.

My cats are indoor only because the raccoons are just such a nuisance...


Shrug.

I know this is a point of contention for many well-meaning animal lovers, but an indoor-only cat is a caged animal that might as well be in a zoo.

I wouldn't trade the inherent risk of being free for the safety of perpetual solitary confinement, and I don't think my cats would either.
 
2020-06-22 4:59:33 PM  
I've driven down old country roads in Texas at times where the road was covered in tarantulas.  Nothing new.
 
2020-06-22 5:00:10 PM  

UberDave: Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.


Spiders? No problem.

Scorpions? I will learn to live with them.

Centipedes? Even half that size? Drop all the farkin napalm!
 
2020-06-22 5:02:33 PM  

EqualOpportunityEnslaver: UberDave: Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.

No kidding, oversized spiders are a dime a dozen in Texas. When my folks bought our old family home in the Houston area in the mid-80s, the entire courtyard had been webbed in by a banana spider with a leg span roughly the size of an NBA player's hand, and the real estate agent showing the house assured us that it wasn't even the biggest one he was aware of in the neighborhood.


We used to call those "Banana spiders" or "Garden Spiders" as well....most of my life actually.  They are actually one of the many types of Orb Weavers ("Argiope aurantia", specifically...and there's another similar species) we have around here and it is the female that becomes so large.  The males are pretty small and my backyard will soon have them everywhere - I try to look out for them as they do a good job on the mosquitoes.

Near bodies of water in the wooded shade will house many of the large spiders.  I only have one, maybe two of those large ones in my yard every year as the house isn't near woods.

/Also note that common descriptions have the females at just over an inch (body) which we both know is bullshiat...they can get bigger than that for sure.
 
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2020-06-22 5:04:46 PM  
The wisdom of not building your house on the sand goes back to the Bible, at least.  But here, it's not that your house will be reclaimed by the waves... no, you will never be rid of scorpions and they will constantly come inside to ask when you plan to move and take the house with you.
 
2020-06-22 5:05:25 PM  
Spiders don't scare me.  Mice freak me out a bit.  I'll play with mice and hamster pets but seeing a mouse in my living space that's not supposed to be there is very off-putting.
 
2020-06-22 5:06:07 PM  
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2020-06-22 5:09:08 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: There's a groovy spider between my window and screen that has claws like a scorpion, sort of, but no scorpion tail. No clue what it is but it's been fun to watch for a couple days.


Probably some form of pseudoscorpion.
 
2020-06-22 5:13:53 PM  
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2020-06-22 5:24:14 PM  
Yeah, when my late wife and I were living in the immobile home outside of Austin, we had to watch out for scorpions.....
 
2020-06-22 5:36:48 PM  
oh hell no
 
2020-06-22 5:50:42 PM  

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Do Not ever taunt dynamite spider!
 
2020-06-22 5:54:24 PM  
Alright, which one of you Farkers opened up the Jumanji game?
 
2020-06-22 6:17:53 PM  

stuhayes2010: Texas spider found in Texas.  This isn't news.


Yeah. Growing up we had a banana tree by the pool. Result was you would end up with a dozen of these sitting dead on the pool floor.

Harmless buggers. Should reserve your paranoia for things that are aggressive and do harm. Like that rattlesnake that got found indoors recently at my work.
 
2020-06-22 6:21:25 PM  
Damn Nature, you scarry!
KILL IT WITH FIRE!
 
2020-06-22 6:27:20 PM  
What is up with everyone skurrred of spiders lately?

It's a spider.  You probably have dozens, if not more, in your home this second.

I grew up in Florida.  I loved seeing the webs these guys created, especially in the morning dew:

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2020-06-22 6:30:43 PM  
I love tarantulas and I would be so excited if I moved into my house and that sweet fuzzy baby greeted me. 😍 I would probably set up a little bowl of water for her and make sure she had a good place to hide. Not sure why people hate spiders so much. Unless you are seriously allergic, or it's a black widow or brown recluse most spiders found in the US are pretty harmless (including tarantulas) and they do an awesome job of keeping the actually bad bugs away.
 
2020-06-22 6:33:24 PM  
Lived 55 years in North Texas. That is not even a very large tarantula. The way they photographed her made her look larger. Tarantulas and window spiders or box spiders are harmless and beneficial to us. Scorpions, hornets, yellow jackets, red wasps, and asps are ones I didn't like.

Living here in Colorado now I am happy to be gone from the fire ants. Really miss the big red ants and horny toads from my youth. I remember back in the late 1950s having airplanes flying grid patterns dropping treated ground up corn cobs in North Texas trying to stop the fire ants.

Didn't work.
 
2020-06-22 6:51:11 PM  

UberDave: Teouna Thomas and her husband moved to San Antonio about eight months ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and last week they got a huge surprise. ...."I mean we are in Texas and not in the jungle somewhere," Thomas said.


Holy crap, do you ever go anywhere else in the state?  As a kid, out in Central and West Texas, there would be times, at dusk, where you couldn't drive down the road without running over one.

And get ready for the scorpions roaming into your house/apartment at night - mean, be prepared to get stung.

Oh, and out in that area of the state, I've walked into a cabin with a 1.5 foot centipede in the middle of the wall about six-feet off the floor.  I thought it was a farking decoration until it dropped off the wall and started thrashing around like mad, sending everyone up on to furniture.


We have them in Fort Worth. Not sure when the males start to migrate but should be soon.
 
2020-06-22 7:06:41 PM  

emtwo: AllCatsAreBeautiful: emtwo: Lochaber_Axe: AllCatsAreBeautiful: This is why I have four cats in my house. No critters can survive the aggressiveness of four alley cats.
/don't have too many critters in NorCal..

I'm in NorCal and the coyotes around here laugh at your cats.

The neighborhood I grew up in was the deadliest place in America for house cats.

Why? Raccoons ain't nothin' to fark with.

My cats are indoor only because the raccoons are just such a nuisance...

Shrug.

I know this is a point of contention for many well-meaning animal lovers, but an indoor-only cat is a caged animal that might as well be in a zoo.

I wouldn't trade the inherent risk of being free for the safety of perpetual solitary confinement, and I don't think my cats would either.



A friend's young daughter fell for a big, old, homeless tomcat who hung around their house for food and companionship. They wanted to take him in, but already had a cat in the house and were concerned it may have had health issues, fleas, etc...They didn't have the funds to take him to the vet. So, we offered to take him for a full check-up and get neutered.(if needed)... He tested positive for the kitty aids. Option #1: Release him back into the neighborhood, endure cold Michigan winters again and potentially infect other kitties, or...Option #2: Euthanasia...Adoption wasn't an option, as nobody wanted a "flawed" cat at the time.(pre-social media era) The Dr. told me that it could possibly live and die of natural causes, but recommended option #2 under the circumstances. Our friend opted for option #2. I realized that I just gave the OK to kill a cat. I cried all the way home. It's still a sad memory even though it was roughly 25 years ago. So, there's that.

On another note...I've had the pleasure of enjoying the presence of hundreds of raccoons over the years. They are an absolute joy to see how playful they are. I have never seen any acts of aggression towards other animals or humans. Only towards themselves where competition for food is an issue. When cornered or rabid, they'll stand their ground to any living thing. Fiercely!  However. I was visiting a friend who had a densely wooded area behind his home and people would feed them. There were no fences dividing the homes there. His neighbor's Yorkie came over for a stroll. It saw 9 raccoons feeding, and let out two little yelps....All 9 of them were clinging to the side of a large oak tree within seconds...It shocked me, as any one of those big raccoons could have easily ripped that little doggo to shreds!

On one last note...A feral kitten was feeding with a Mama raccoon and her 5 babies at that same location..The kitten was accepted as one of the family, and would wrestle, jump and play with the mini bandits. After days/hours of sweet talking, I earned the trust of that kitten..Within a couple of weeks, she was part of my family. She had no desire to be outside again. She ran every time I opened the door. For the first 2 years or so, she would shelter herself under my desk or chair when it was raining outside. Here's the little wild child 1 year after leaving her foster family. She now resides with her heavenly family after 14 years with mine.

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