kenmelken wrote:Valarya wrote:kenmelken wrote:Spoiler:charlie_grumbles wrote:SBN wrote:HAL9000 wrote:I saw a larger-than-average (for Wisconsin, at least) house spider the other night. Legs included, it was somewhere between one-half and three-fourths of an inch long while it was walking, probably would have been about a full inch if the legs were fully outstretched (it was a cobweb spider, with the traditional near-spherical abdomen. Kind of a tannish beige in color). Quite the exception as far as size is concerned, as the average spider I see in my home is almost always under a centimeter in length, legs outstretched. I gave it its space, and it gave me mine, disappearing into a vent so I didn't need to keep watching where I stepped.
We get big ones here. During the late summer they build webs with guide lines (guide silks?) that run 10 feet or more. I try to avoid them, but if you break one, you can hear it snap.
Bit of a warning here to tribe members. There are spiders and SPIDERS. Here is one to be avoided
This is why: Loxoscelism
The first picture there is actually Jeffrey Rowland of overcompensating.com
Dunno why my url links ain't a workin'. Sorry. All fixed. Good to go.
And, while I'm editing, what sort of a place is Jupiter, WI? Or is it Wisconsin, JU?
As I was saying, we had lots of those ones in Utah. My neighbor got bit by one and was hospitalized for a month. Bad news! The only good thing is that, unlike the widows, they are not aggressive. They will bite if you provoke them, but a widow will bite you just because it can.
You know, there's a statistic somewhere that 98% of brown recluse bites don't even require hospitals. They'll just act like a normal spider bite and go away in a few days. They're everywhere around where I live and I used to see several of them a day in my old apartment. I just got a cat so he could eat them all up!!
Now jungle tarantulas are where it's at. Especially the ornamentals from India. I used to have 5 different species of this genus.
I love spiders. Used to have a Chilean Rose tarantula when I was young. Here's a 9-inch one I saw in a jungle in Belize (The pic makes it look smaller than it was):
The spider in the picture you posted is a Brachypelma Vagans... which is a different genus than the Chilean Rose. I have both species.