The spiders seem bigger this year.

johnboy 23 November 2010 89

big spider

Kuku has sent in the above pic of a spider he found in his shoe the hard way this morning.

Anyone know what it is?


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Deref Deref 1:16 pm 05 Dec 10

How did I miss this thread? 🙂

My Mrs is a Yank. She used to shit blue lights when we got a huntsman in the house, but now she loves them. She catches them in a bowl and gently relocates them outside.

wantok said :

That’s dwarfed in significance, though, by the not-yet-well-known amazing thing about huntsmen. It’s been discovered very recently (just in the last year or so I believe) that huntsman spiders, specifically in the Canberra region, have something truly bizarre going on genetically… and when I say truly bizarre, I mean it is totally and utterly inexplicable in terms of what we know about genetics in every other species of life. Research still under way at ANU/CSIRO and I think nothing published/announced yet, so I’m not going into details, but I’d go so far as to say that this is potentially one of the giant discoveries in our understanding of the natural world.

Hot damn – that’s fascinating! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

Grrrr Grrrr 5:45 pm 28 Nov 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Oh yeah – been there… Learnt not to leave my car window open at night in Qld.

I learnt something similar there. Shaking a Macadamia tree hard does not cause Macadamias to rain down all over you – only spiders.

Kuku Kuku 3:34 pm 28 Nov 10

Phemie said :

One night last week, I had a large huntsman spider in the living room and I was too lazy to do anything about it. In the morning, spread equidistantly across the walls and ceiling, I had 280 spiders in the living room, 279 small but surprisingly big for new borns and one large, wizened and crumpled one. I counted them as I sucked them up in the vacuum cleaner.

OMG. Thankfully mine was ushered outside to birth.

Phemie Phemie 3:09 pm 28 Nov 10

One night last week, I had a large huntsman spider in the living room and I was too lazy to do anything about it. In the morning, spread equidistantly across the walls and ceiling, I had 280 spiders in the living room, 279 small but surprisingly big for new borns and one large, wizened and crumpled one. I counted them as I sucked them up in the vacuum cleaner.

Genie Genie 2:14 pm 26 Nov 10

Zanzibert said :

I remember coming home late one evening, and noticing a strange grey movement on my driveway.

It was a large huntsman, illuminated by the security light, spinning around frenetically on the ground. It was mad to watch – it just spun and whirled around, like a breakdancer, flipping over and spinning again in random directions. After about thirty seconds, it just stopped, curled it’s legs up in the air, and ejected a gloop of yellow stuff from it’s rear.

It was completely dead by that point, and was still there in the morning (yellow gloop having dried up). I hadn’t done anything to it, it was evidently in it’s death throes when i turned up.

Has anyone else seen a huntsman do something like that before? What on earth might have caused that behaviour? (Other than realising the truth of the reptoid conspiracy, of course).

Bug Spray ?

Zanzibert Zanzibert 1:48 pm 26 Nov 10

I remember coming home late one evening, and noticing a strange grey movement on my driveway.

It was a large huntsman, illuminated by the security light, spinning around frenetically on the ground. It was mad to watch – it just spun and whirled around, like a breakdancer, flipping over and spinning again in random directions. After about thirty seconds, it just stopped, curled it’s legs up in the air, and ejected a gloop of yellow stuff from it’s rear.

It was completely dead by that point, and was still there in the morning (yellow gloop having dried up). I hadn’t done anything to it, it was evidently in it’s death throes when i turned up.

Has anyone else seen a huntsman do something like that before? What on earth might have caused that behaviour? (Other than realising the truth of the reptoid conspiracy, of course).

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:52 pm 26 Nov 10

Clown Killer said :

I was once told that in Australia, no matter where you are, you are never more than 1m from a spider.

You sure that was spiders; I thought it was dole bludging Kiwis? 🙂

astrojax astrojax 12:32 pm 26 Nov 10

is it true spiders can be hallucinogenic for cats?

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 7:54 am 26 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Clown Killer said :

I was once told that in Australia, no matter where you are, you are never more than 1m from a spider.

I once read that if you added up the weight of all the spiders in the world, they would outweigh the total weight of humans 1000 times over.

It’s true that I read it. Whether it’s accurate or not, who the hell knows?

I have read of similar statistics, like if you added all the worlds cats together and placed them into the worlds, no the Universe’s biggest blender, and switched it on, you would produce a syrup-like goo that would fill the MCG, which in turn would displace a massive amount of spiders (mainly Huntsmans and Redbacks) which would have a butterfly effect of driving all the worlds spiders into something akin to a Mortein induced frenzy whereapon they would be found in every pair of slippers and behind every car sunvisor across the globe with the net result being the extinction of mankind. That’s what I read anyways…

Genie Genie 10:16 pm 25 Nov 10

Clown Killer said :

Oh … while I’m here … have you heard the one about the woman living in a share house in Dickson who woke up to find a large huntsman spider ‘drinking’ from the fluid in the corner of her eye as she slept?

WTF ??? How the frick am i meant to sleep now ?

bliss.cat bliss.cat 9:23 pm 25 Nov 10

We are sharing our space with all sorts of crawlies! If you dont like it go pour acid on your head and scrub. Leave spidies to have the little houses they choose and be kind. 🙂

Clown Killer Clown Killer 8:04 pm 25 Nov 10

It’s true that I read it. Whether it’s accurate or not, who the hell knows?

I once recounted that ‘fact’ in a board room on the 17th floor of a building in Sydney while we were waiting for other meeting participants to arrive. We all discounted the truth of it … and then when the guy hosting the meeting moved the electronic white-board a huntsman ran up the wall. never can be too careful I say.

Oh … while I’m here … have you heard the one about the woman living in a share house in Dickson who woke up to find a large huntsman spider ‘drinking’ from the fluid in the corner of her eye as she slept?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 6:26 pm 25 Nov 10

littlevixen said :

I’ve discovered that we’re about to get over-run with lizards

Invasion of reptoids, you say?
Your ideas intrigue me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter…

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 5:47 pm 25 Nov 10

Tooks said :

Nothing like a huge huntsman sprinting across the inside of your windscreen while your driving at 80k’s.

Oh yeah – been there… Learnt not to leave my car window open at night in Qld.

wantok said :

That’s dwarfed in significance, though, by the not-yet-well-known amazing thing about huntsmen. It’s been discovered very recently (just in the last year or so I believe) that huntsman spiders, specifically in the Canberra region, have something truly bizarre going on genetically… and when I say truly bizarre, I mean it is totally and utterly inexplicable in terms of what we know about genetics in every other species of life. Research still under way at ANU/CSIRO and I think nothing published/announced yet, so I’m not going into details, but I’d go so far as to say that this is potentially one of the giant discoveries in our understanding of the natural world.

I think it was discussed recently on the Science Show, or perhaps The Naked Scientist podcast? Totally different from all other spiders.

Tooks Tooks 5:09 pm 25 Nov 10

Nothing like a huge huntsman sprinting across the inside of your windscreen while your driving at 80k’s.

stelita stelita 4:08 pm 25 Nov 10

Spiders always seem to find me, just ask my colleagues. One lowered it’s self down on my desk just the other day. Inside I’ll kill them, but outside I leave them alone. Unless I see a redback, then for the safety of me and my kids I’ll get rid of them.

That really is a fat huntsman!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:58 am 25 Nov 10

Clown Killer said :

I was once told that in Australia, no matter where you are, you are never more than 1m from a spider.

I once read that if you added up the weight of all the spiders in the world, they would outweigh the total weight of humans 1000 times over.

It’s true that I read it. Whether it’s accurate or not, who the hell knows?

sirocco sirocco 9:35 am 25 Nov 10

Clown Killer said :

I was once told that in Australia, no matter where you are, you are never more than 1m from a spider.

As long as it’s no less than a metre too, CK, I’m cool with that

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:18 am 25 Nov 10

I was once told that in Australia, no matter where you are, you are never more than 1m from a spider.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 8:56 am 25 Nov 10

Thumper said :

That’s dwarfed in significance, though, by the not-yet-well-known amazing thing about huntsmen. It’s been discovered very recently (just in the last year or so I believe) that huntsman spiders, specifically in the Canberra region, have something truly bizarre going on genetically… and when I say truly bizarre, I mean it is totally and utterly inexplicable in terms of what we know about genetics in every other species of life. Research still under way at ANU/CSIRO and I think nothing published/announced yet, so I’m not going into details, but I’d go so far as to say that this is potentially one of the giant discoveries in our understanding of the natural world.

It’s obvious then. They are planning to take over the world.

Forward scouts for the impending reptoid invasio…I’ve said too much.

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