Hello, Spider!

November 7, 2010 at 8:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australia is known for the number and variety of its spiders as well as for its snakes. I have often found great big spiders in my bedroom, the kitchen, living room, etc. When I go to Dad's, I find more of them, as they can get inside more easily there.

They are called huntsman spiders, and usually live in and on trees, where their bodies blend in with the bark. Huntsman spiders are common in most parts of Australia. They can vary in body size, leg length and colour, but generally grow pretty big. I have seen them big enough to cover a saucer when their legs are spread out. Fortunately, they are not very aggressive, and if they do bite, it is not usually much of a problem.

When I find one of these big spiders inside, my first wish is to catch them so I can take them back into their own domain. To do this I get a firm sheet of paper and a large plastic container – one I can see through for preference. The container goes over the spider – hopefully it is on a flat surface – then slide the paper under it. I take the container away from the wall, keeping the paper flat over its top, and get someone to open the door so I can carry it outside, where I release it.

Success in catching it, depends on how active the spider is. Sometimes, if it won't stay still, it can be impossible to catch. At other times, it is a piece of cake. If I don't succeed, then the insect sprat or a shoe heel comes into play. After all, I don't want that spider crawling over my face in the middle of the night!

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