Well, y'all almost lost a poster yesterday... I've been on vacation
(Tasmania, for the curious), and the truck's been sitting quietly here
Fortunately, I was in a parking lot when the huntsman spider  who'd
taken up residence under the hood, crawled out to hide behind the
driver's side mirror! It wasn't the biggest spider I've ever seen,
perhaps 4" across, but pretty damn big when one's peripheral vision (and
primitive instinct) registers it!
Nearly had a heart attack, and did come to a "screeching" halt (I was
going all of 5mph) until I realized it was outside the window...
"Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders, measuring up to 15 cm
(6") across the legs."
Huntsman spider bites usually result only in transient local pain and
swelling. However, some Badge Huntsman spider bites have caused
prolonged pain, inflammation, headache, vomiting and irregular pulse
pal, i'd be doing whatever i had to in order to find any egg sac that
thing might have left behind and then to go absolutely primitive on
it. that thing is nasty.
Suddenly, without warning, Craig C. exclaimed (09-Feb-07 2:00 AM):
Gotta be careful with those stereotypes :) We do not kill what's called
a daddylongleg here (looks like what I used to call 'tub spiders' as a
kid, not like US daddylonglegs). They're harmless to humans, but
consider redbacks (black widows, very dangerous and very very common)
prey. Seen it with my own eyes.
Huntsmen I generally don't kill because of the mess it'd make :)
Suddenly, without warning, BigIronRam exclaimed (09-Feb-07 1:33 AM):
By Australian standards, huntsmen are harmless.
Sydney funnel web spiders are one of the scariest things I've ever seen.
They can be pretty big (at least as big as that huntsman)... When
threatened, they rear up on their hind legs and display a pair of fangs
that'd do a rattlesnake proud. Fortunately I've only ever seen one in a
When I was here first tour, and was still an arachnaphobe, I went to
Brisbane on a business trip. Went to a local university...had to leave.
On every surface were these spiders called Golden Orb Weavers... they
make the Huntsman look small, some of them were over 8" long!
I'm no longer an arachnaphobe, thanks to Australia (thousands of
redbacks in your back yard will either cure ya or kill ya <g>). If that
huntsman crawls across my foot when I'm driving though (it's sandals
weather here), I'm pretty sure I'll still have a wreck...
Haven't seen him since that first day. Hopefully he's decided that a
moving home isn't for him...
Actually, I find Australia's spiders pretty fascinating - from a
distance. Actually, most Aussie fauna is pretty interesting.
Years ago, when I had a chevy van, I opened the door and had a small (about 12")
copperhead fall out onto my feet. I don't know who was more scared, me or the
snake. I never did figure out how he got in there and I always looked before
getting in that truck after that.
Now that I think about it, it won't be bad. Just went on a diet. Been pretty
much on my ass for the past few months with the exception of a of 2-3 mile
walk a day. Now with the wind chill below 0 that has stopped. Sure comes off
a hell of a lot harder than putting it on. There's a easy one for ya.<BFG>
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