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Posted: 9/19/2005 9:16:14 PM EDT
Here I sit in Richfield, UT... in a Super 8 Motel... using my new 15" PowerBook on their free WiFi connection...

To post stories that will cause certain boarD members to have a shit fit.

I love technology.



www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1773102,00.html

Spider shrieks herald spring
19/09/2005 22:24 - (SA)


Johannesburg - It's that time of year: the gentle sounds of summer approaching; lawnmowers, crickets, birdsong, the fizz of beer cans opening - and the shrieks of suburbanites confronted by rain spiders.

"They are among the biggest non-tarantula spiders in the world," said amateur arachnologist Astri Leroy, about the fat-bodied long-legged Sparassidae often found indoors in the last parched weeks before the summer rains come.

Nestled behind alarm sensors, they set off burglar alarms when stepping out for a nibble on a passing insect, and plunge households into turmoil through arguments over who is going to remove them, reducing strapping alpha males into Tupperware-clutching wrecks.

"None of the ones I know do any harm at all, but they are pretty big," said Leroy, a founder member of the Spider Club of Southern Africa.

They can have a legspan of up to 7cm and a head to abdomen measurement of about 3cm.

Females fatter than males

They can be found from Cape Town in the south to Kosi Bay in the north and appear to like bushed areas with grass and gardens.

They like to live among leaves and take two to three years to grow to adults, with the female fatter than the male, who is brighter with longer legs.

The males are slightly mottled, and the females a grey brown with dull yellow and black stripes under their front legs.

As nocturnal hunting spiders, they do not make webs and tend to hunt in the garden.

They can bungee down from the ceiling, but as they are heavy they prefer to run along the walls.

"They wander inside for insects that flap around the house after we have switched the light off - they find this very interesting - it is nothing malicious," said Leroy.

They also do not like being outside in the rain and are seen as a sign of approaching rainfall.

They sleep during the day but cannot close their eyes.

When they are ready to lay eggs they go outside and build their egg cases out of silk, but occasionally they are trapped indoors and build their nests out of shreds of tissue.

The spiders are believed to be harmless to humans, saving their energy instead to catch their feast of insects, among their favourites, the Parktown prawn.

According to "Iziko Museums of Cape Town", guinea-pigs bitten by the spider died within three minutes, but this was found to have been from shock and not the effects of any venom.

How to get it out of the house

The website said they often were confused with baboon spiders which were fatter and hairy.

To remove it from the home, Leroy says the brave can coax it out of a window with a feather duster, but it could run towards your arm.

Otherwise, put an empty coffee jar over it and slide a piece of paper over the top then carry it off.

To discourage rain spiders from entering the house, spray windows, doors and bricks with an insect spray or citronella.

For further information, Leroy can be reached on Leroyja@global.co.za
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 9:33:39 PM EDT
Paging DrFrige.....Paging DrFrige.....
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 9:43:52 PM EDT

Link Posted: 9/19/2005 9:44:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 10:30:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
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Jebus!
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:00:41 PM EDT


BOO !
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:12:23 PM EDT
Rain Spider:

15-40 MM BODY size (excludes leg span).

That's a big spider.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 11:33:21 PM EDT
I bet even Mrs Gloftoe would hurl a durly at that one.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 2:26:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/20/2005 8:47:38 PM EDT by 4xys2xxs]
Freaking fridge crashed early

Link Posted: 9/20/2005 2:59:02 AM EDT




Link Posted: 9/20/2005 3:30:11 AM EDT




Link Posted: 9/20/2005 3:43:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:
Here I sit in Richfield, UT... in a Super 8 Motel... using my new 15" PowerBook on their free WiFi connection...

To post stories that will cause certain boarD members to have a shit fit.

I love technology.



www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1773102,00.html

Spider shrieks herald spring
19/09/2005 22:24 - (SA)


Johannesburg - It's that time of year: the gentle sounds of summer approaching; lawnmowers, crickets, birdsong, the fizz of beer cans opening - and the shrieks of suburbanites confronted by rain spiders.

"They are among the biggest non-tarantula spiders in the world," said amateur arachnologist Astri Leroy, about the fat-bodied long-legged Sparassidae often found indoors in the last parched weeks before the summer rains come.

Nestled behind alarm sensors, they set off burglar alarms when stepping out for a nibble on a passing insect, and plunge households into turmoil through arguments over who is going to remove them, reducing strapping alpha males into Tupperware-clutching wrecks.

"None of the ones I know do any harm at all, but they are pretty big," said Leroy, a founder member of the Spider Club of Southern Africa.

They can have a legspan of up to 7cm and a head to abdomen measurement of about 3cm.

Females fatter than males
They can be found from Cape Town in the south to Kosi Bay in the north and appear to like bushed areas with grass and gardens.

They like to live among leaves and take two to three years to grow to adults, with the female fatter than the male, who is brighter with longer legs.

The males are slightly mottled, and the females a grey brown with dull yellow and black stripes under their front legs.

As nocturnal hunting spiders, they do not make webs and tend to hunt in the garden.

They can bungee down from the ceiling, but as they are heavy they prefer to run along the walls.

"They wander inside for insects that flap around the house after we have switched the light off - they find this very interesting - it is nothing malicious," said Leroy.

They also do not like being outside in the rain and are seen as a sign of approaching rainfall.

They sleep during the day but cannot close their eyes.

When they are ready to lay eggs they go outside and build their egg cases out of silk, but occasionally they are trapped indoors and build their nests out of shreds of tissue.

The spiders are believed to be harmless to humans, saving their energy instead to catch their feast of insects, among their favourites, the Parktown prawn.

According to "Iziko Museums of Cape Town", guinea-pigs bitten by the spider died within three minutes, but this was found to have been from shock and not the effects of any venom.

How to get it out of the house

The website said they often were confused with baboon spiders which were fatter and hairy.

To remove it from the home, Leroy says the brave can coax it out of a window with a feather duster, but it could run towards your arm.

Otherwise, put an empty coffee jar over it and slide a piece of paper over the top then carry it off.

To discourage rain spiders from entering the house, spray windows, doors and bricks with an insect spray or citronella.

For further information, Leroy can be reached on Leroyja@global.co.za



Link Posted: 9/20/2005 3:44:10 AM EDT
holy moly that is scary... thanks for reviving a long lost phobia hock.gif
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 8:46:49 PM EDT
bump
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 6:41:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
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Link Posted: 9/21/2005 7:13:15 AM EDT
When I saw the title of this post, I thought I was going to read that the spiders were the ones doing the shrieking.

I don't think I could take that.

If I have to share the planet with these damn things, the least they could do is be quiet.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 7:26:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
When I saw the title of this post, I thought I was going to read that the spiders were the ones doing the shrieking.

I don't think I could take that.

If I have to share the planet with these damn things, the least they could do is be quiet.



Thats what I was thinking...GREAT SHRIEKING spiders, the quiet ones weird me out *shudders*
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