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Angry Steve goes out to pasture

By 26 February 2013 22

angry steve

Matt has given us permission to talk about his latest adventure:

Steve (more likely Stephanie) was invading a home in Canberra and has been left in good condition some miles away.

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22 Responses to
Angry Steve goes out to pasture
Skidbladnir 11:25 pm
26 Feb 13
#1

A spider that size is the product of a regular diet of all varieties of healthy pest insects in your household. She has, over the course of her own lifetime and indirectly through her scuttling brood, prevented a major infestation of less interesting creatures.
So why get rid of her?

If your answer is simply “I hate spiders” then I have some very bad news for you:
The common flat huntsman is a colony arachnid that lives cooperatively in family populations of up to 300 (who mostly prefer the quiet spaces in your house so you’ve probably never seen 90% of them), but are cannibalistic to non-family.
So all you’ve done is removed a mother from her family, introduce an apex female to a new territory (where she will either eat the other spiders or herself be eaten as she is an intruder) and encouraged your household pest insects to reproduce more prolifically due to reduced predation.

Source: Science.

arescarti42 12:42 am
27 Feb 13
#2

Skidbladnir said :

If your answer is simply “I hate spiders” then I have some very bad news for you…

If Matt is anything like me, he finds spiders both deeply fascinating and utterly terrifying.

c_c™ 2:03 am
27 Feb 13
#3

Nice specimen, don’t mind having them around the property (though preferably on the outside of the window).
Look, probably wasn’t the best thing to move it far away, it’s always best to move critters to the nearest suitable spot to where their found. Having said that, there’s plenty of folks who would have just killed a harmless creature like this so good effort anyway. Just keep it mind next time.

Madam Cholet 8:01 am
27 Feb 13
#4

I relocated a very active redback yesterday after finding it in my sons bucket right by our tomatoes. I’m not a spider lover, but I choose relocation over killing if I can. Huntsman spiders do pose a problem sometimes in that they are sometimes big and fast. if it comes down to it or me, I’ll choose me. If it’s being uncooperative, it may have to go permanently. They can be messy though so it is my last choice of action.

That btw is a big specimen. I wouldn’t hesitate to have it relocated regardless of where the rest of its family is.

460cixy 8:06 am
27 Feb 13
#5

Should of dumped that thing at my house there awesome

nsn 8:49 am
27 Feb 13
#6

460cixy said :

Should of dumped that thing at my house there awesome

Oh come on! Surely ‘your’ taking the piss.

bigfeet 8:53 am
27 Feb 13
#7

Madam Cholet said :

Huntsman spiders do pose a problem sometimes in that they are sometimes big and fast. if it comes down to it or me, I’ll choose me. If it’s being uncooperative, it may have to go permanently..

The thing is, with huntsman, it never ‘comes down to it or me’ . They are no threat to you at all.

gospeedygo 9:45 am
27 Feb 13
#8

I can deal with roaches, moths, maybe centipedes…I don’t really mind etc. but any creature that can provoke in me a deep sense of panic and horror like a huntsman bigger than my palm hanging out above my head needs to be eradicated with extreme prejudice. Preferably with fire.

Postalgeek 9:56 am
27 Feb 13
#9

I had a big huntsman crawl across my hand while on the motorbike the other day. Good thing I’m not afraid of spiders.

I’ll take a huge fat furry huntsman any day over an Eastern Brown snake on the back door step.

DrKoresh 10:02 am
27 Feb 13
#10

Postalgeek said :

I had a big huntsman crawl across my hand while on the motorbike the other day. Good thing I’m not afraid of spiders.

I’ll take a huge fat furry huntsman any day over an Eastern Brown snake on the back door step.

Or a rabid dingo in the bath.

grump 10:25 am
27 Feb 13
#11

DrKoresh said :

Postalgeek said :

.

Or a rabid dingo in the bath.

given rabies was also known as hydrophobia, would you find a rabid dingo in the bath?

Tetranitrate 10:43 am
27 Feb 13
#12

bigfeet said :

Madam Cholet said :

Huntsman spiders do pose a problem sometimes in that they are sometimes big and fast. if it comes down to it or me, I’ll choose me. If it’s being uncooperative, it may have to go permanently..

The thing is, with huntsman, it never ‘comes down to it or me’

Yeah it pretty much does if you’re the sort that gets a ‘fight or flight’ response to one of these guys deciding to display themselves on an internal door at eye level.
I’m well aware they’re not dangerous, but that doesn’t make it pleasant to have them around.

astrojax 11:40 am
27 Feb 13
#13

have a huge one like this lass in our house at the moment – had to shoo it away behind the furnishings before astress saw it this morning or it would be sentenced to a fate not nice. i let boris (always boris for me) be – thanks that extra ammo, skid – but am not always backed up.

however, if this was sydney and we were talking funnelwebs…

fnaah 11:45 am
27 Feb 13
#14

Ahhh, Riot Act. I’ve missed this place.

I took the photo above (here’s another one: http://www.fnaah.com/angry_steve.jpg), and while I am well aware of the benefits of having a housemate like Angry Steve (and I use Steve as a non-gender-specific name, arachnids are much more urbane in this respect than us – mate-eating notwithstanding), I was also made acutely aware that if Angry Steve hadn’t been gently relocated, (s)he would have suffered the wrath of the Swift and Vengeful Splattering Shoe of My Significant Other. Her perch (er… steve’s, not my partner’s) right above the inside of the front door was causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Relocation was the preferable option, I’m sure you’ll all agree. Steve sure was a bigg’un – I hope she’s ok.

460cixy 11:49 am
27 Feb 13
#15

nsn said :

460cixy said :

Should of dumped that thing at my house there awesome

Oh come on! Surely ‘your’ taking the piss.

Not at all I had one livening inside for about six months sadly it pegged it while I was os for a couple of weeks bob was a great spider

muscledude_oz 11:53 am
27 Feb 13
#16

smeeagain 12:58 pm
27 Feb 13
#17

Seeing a spider isn’t a problem. It only becomes a problem when they disappear

Postalgeek 1:36 pm
27 Feb 13
#18

smeeagain said :

Seeing a spider isn’t a problem. It only becomes a problem when they disappear

Not if you get two mirrors so you can see your back. Then it’s not a problem again.

bigfeet 3:23 pm
27 Feb 13
#19

I wonder if these things are ‘homing’ and will make its way back.

I ask because we once had a ‘homing frog’. Years ago in Townsville there was a frog that used to appear in our ensuite toilet bowl regularly. My wife made me take it outside once, so I took it to a palm tree in the back yard. The next night it was back.

Next time I took it to a park with a swampy pond about a kilometer away. 4 nights later it was back. I knew it was the same one because of some scarring it had on its back.

Honestly I would not have believed it unless I had seen it myself.

We just gave up after that. He disappeared about six months later, coincidentally about the same time a carpet python decided to take up residence in the eaves of our verandah.

nsn 3:24 pm
27 Feb 13
#20

460cixy said :

nsn said :

460cixy said :

Should of dumped that thing at my house there awesome

Oh come on! Surely ‘your’ taking the piss.

Not at all I had one livening inside for about six months sadly it pegged it while I was os for a couple of weeks bob was a great spider

My comment wasn’t directed at the substance of what you said.

I was referring to… on second thoughts, never mind.

Thumper 3:37 pm
27 Feb 13
#21

I have a huntsman the size of my hand currently residing somewhere in my panel van. Thankfully he hasn’t decided to wander over my face when I am drunkenly asleep in the back.

The ones in the house are fine, they don’t do much except hang around on the ceiling or walls which is perfectly fine. Ocassionally one will go for a stroll across the lounge room floor but my cat then decides to play with them, which they take exception to, for some reason…

bigfeet 4:07 pm
27 Feb 13
#22

nsn said :

My comment wasn’t directed at the substance of what you said.

I was referring to… on second thoughts, never mind.

Originally I mist what you were eluding too. I thought that perhap’s you were using heroine so I was reluctant to brooch the subject. In fact it made me feel feint.

But then I sore threw it..and buoy did I grown.

Your such a boar.

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