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Old 04-05-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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I would shriek like a little girl too!

I am not as brave as you.....I capture them in a paper bag and then take them outside. {or to the basement or the spare bedroom in the winter } Most of the time I just leave them where they are unless they are hanging out where I like to hang out or they are about to become a cat toy.

Unfortunately, many times my cats get them before I do.

I would love to see the look on their little faces is they saw THAT running up the wall!
I have 5 cats. Things that move don't stand a chance in my house. Normally, one or two will gang up on a crawler. If one of them saw that sucker in the house, this is probably the thought that would go through the spotters head:

"DUDE! It crawls! EAT IT!...Holy crap that's big, I don't think I could take that on my own..."

"HEY GUYS! BIG GIANT HAIRY SPIDER CRAWLING IN THE HOUSE! I NEED SOME BACKUP!".

Two seconds after that, I'd see 5 VERY interested felines stalking the spider. It wouldn't have a snowballs chance in hell lol
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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I'm an entomologist, and I would. Tree spiders are related to tarantulas, which are harmless, except for the urticating hairs they sometimes kick off their abdomens onto your skin, which can cause an irritating stinging sensation. But they really have to be bothered to do that.

Also, that spider wasn't just discovered. It's been known for some time, just not by the media, which is always looking to sensationalize things which the public fears. It's also not the largest spider. There area spiders in the giant huntsman group with 50% larger leg spans - 12" plus.
being an old-world spider, this one would not have urticating hairs.

i used to raise the closely-related P. regalis and P. metallica, which are much more impressive-looking spiders imho..





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Old 04-09-2013, 12:48 AM
 
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being an old-world spider, this one would not have urticating hairs.

i used to raise the closely-related P. regalis and P. metallica, which are much more impressive-looking spiders imho..






oh. my. god!
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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It's beautiful.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:13 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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being an old-world spider, this one would not have urticating hairs.

i used to raise the closely-related P. regalis and P. metallica, which are much more impressive-looking spiders imho..




Gorgeous!
I've never seen a blue spider before. What's the reason for such vivid color?
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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being an old-world spider, this one would not have urticating hairs.

i used to raise the closely-related P. regalis and P. metallica, which are much more impressive-looking spiders imho..
Those spiders are really beautiful.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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Gorgeous!
I've never seen a blue spider before. What's the reason for such vivid color?
not sure. they were thought to be extinct for over 100 years until a few specimens were found in 2001, but they're still considered critically endangered. the [captive-bred] adults usually sell for over $500.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Free From The Oppressive State
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I'm an entomologist, and I would. Tree spiders are related to tarantulas, which are harmless, except for the urticating hairs they sometimes kick off their abdomens onto your skin, which can cause an irritating stinging sensation. But they really have to be bothered to do that.

Also, that spider wasn't just discovered. It's been known for some time, just not by the media, which is always looking to sensationalize things which the public fears. It's also not the largest spider. There area spiders in the giant huntsman group with 50% larger leg spans - 12" plus.
Oh hell no!

If I ever saw that, I would die. I would drop dead of a heart attack right then and there.

I refuse to click on the link, just came here, finally, after working up the nerve, to see what others were saying about it.

I'm still traumatized by the Discovery Channel when they, many years ago, would have a bird spider leap at the camera at the end of their commercial for "Fangs and Claws". That thing was way too big...ok, well, all spiders are too big as far as I'm concerned. Those things were as big as someone's face, as well.

Edit: GAK!!!!!! I scrolled up to read other replies when I was done and someone posted huge spider pics! WTH man! A warning, people, give a warning! Now I'm all eeeched out...and that was just the millisecond I saw the pics as I couldn't scroll fast enough. Now I'm slapping at everything because I'm hypersensitive to touch especially after seeing those things. My hair touches my face, "Acck!" Slap!!!! it away. Seriously, a WARNING next time!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Oh hell no!

If I ever saw that, I would die. I would drop dead of a heart attack right then and there.

I refuse to click on the link, just came here, finally, after working up the nerve, to see what others were saying about it.

I'm still traumatized by the Discovery Channel when they, many years ago, would have a bird spider leap at the camera at the end of their commercial for "Fangs and Claws". That thing was way too big...ok, well, all spiders are too big as far as I'm concerned. Those things were as big as someone's face, as well.

Edit: GAK!!!!!! I scrolled up to read other replies when I was done and someone posted huge spider pics! WTH man! A warning, people, give a warning! Now I'm all eeeched out...and that was just the millisecond I saw the pics as I couldn't scroll fast enough. Now I'm slapping at everything because I'm hypersensitive to touch especially after seeing those things. My hair touches my face, "Acck!" Slap!!!! it away. Seriously, a WARNING next time!
Seriously? What were you expecting on a spider thread? I appreciated the pictures...very nice. That blue one is spectacular.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Warning! Warning! Happy face spider coming at you. Warning!
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