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Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Snowbat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:34 pm

... unless I can wear a hazmat suit and carry a flamethrower and a grenade launcher with me.

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Did I ever say I have a severe case of arachnophobia? Don't get me wrong, I don't hate these animals nor do I want to kill them all. But they terrify the living s**t out of me. F**k, I'm even too scared to approach the tarantula glass cage in the zoo. I was with my ex at the zoo a couple of months ago before we broke up, and when we came to the tarantula cage, I refused to get any closer. She grabbe dmy hand like I was a little kid and pulled me towards it. She said my hands became all sweaty and cold from pure terror.

Never understood how a tall 1m92 dude like me can be scared of such a (relatively) tiny animal.
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby coldandtired on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:44 pm

I also dislike them with a passion.

I'm trying not to pass it on to my sons, but I think they can sense it.
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby m0lineux on Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:08 pm

Wow there's me not sleeping for a couple of weeks!!
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby re# Skilgannon on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:13 pm

didnt even click the link :(
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Silkie on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:33 pm

English spiders are much more polite and frequently give you a formal greeting.

Any flies you'd care for me to dispose of today good sir?


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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Little_Devil on Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:20 pm

I saw a report once about one of these nasty little things being pretty viscous and the bite never heals properly, without regular hospital treatment.

UK is pretty lucky, although there have been reports of increased bites from false widow spiders, but for the most part UK spiders mandibles are just not big enough.
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Snowbat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:59 pm

Little_Devil wrote:I saw a report once about one of these nasty little things being pretty viscous and the bite never heals properly, without regular hospital treatment.

UK is pretty lucky, although there have been reports of increased bites from false widow spiders, but for the most part UK spiders mandibles are just not big enough.

Ah yes the infamous Brown Recluse. Nasty thing it is. And yes, the bite can sometime cause necrosis that needs to be checked regularly. Brown Recluses are known for being very shy and not agressive. They usually only bite if you literally press on them. It's not the deadliest for humans though. That honor goes to the Funnel Web Spider which is, like all creepy and deadly sh*t, mainly found in Australia. This one will bite more easily when threatened and more than often deliver a neurotoxin in your bloodstream.
And then, in close second, there is the Brazilian Wandering Spider. This abomination is very aggressive, usually wanders around (so it's more likely to encounter humans) and really doesn't hesitate to attack when provoked, also delivering a neurotoxin.
Black Widows are often mistaken for being the deadliest and in a way, yes they are deadly, but we have very effective antivenins for it now. We have antivenins for all these nasties as a matter of fact.

And before you wonder how I know all this: I have always been fascinated by animals, even those that scare me.

On a side note, the most deadly poison ever, is the botulinum toxin. 4 kg of this sh*t, if distributed equally, could kill every human on Earth.

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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby EvolvedMonkey on Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:12 pm

My Aunt and Uncle have lived in Australia for 20+ years and have never been bitten. My Mum and Dad went for 3 weeks to see them and have a holiday a couple of months back. They didnt see any spiders or snakes for the whole 3 weeks.

I guess if you look for them, you will find them. Then you probably deserve to get bitten for disturbing them.

As for the UK. I like our spiders. There was probably a time when I was younger I used to be a little scared of them but now I play with them. They are my friends, I am also teaching my Daughter (2 years old) how to handle them. I like the mouse spiders, they are fast little buggers that live indoors and have a furry grey mouselike abdomen.
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Snowbat on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:51 am

EvolvedMonkey wrote:My Aunt and Uncle have lived in Australia for 20+ years and have never been bitten. My Mum and Dad went for 3 weeks to see them and have a holiday a couple of months back. They didnt see any spiders or snakes for the whole 3 weeks.

I guess if you look for them, you will find them. Then you probably deserve to get bitten for disturbing them.

As for the UK. I like our spiders. There was probably a time when I was younger I used to be a little scared of them but now I play with them. They are my friends, I am also teaching my Daughter (2 years old) how to handle them. I like the mouse spiders, they are fast little buggers that live indoors and have a furry grey mouselike abdomen.

I'm not scared of spiders for the bite. The spider that terrifies me most is the Goliath Bird Spider, even though it's bite is fairly harmless to humans. It's not the idea of being bitten that scares me. It's not event he idea that it's gonna somehow jump at me or anything. It's the sight, pure and simple. If it has a big body and big fat legs, it scares me. Even a bloody picture does. Don't ask me why. It's totally irrational but it's stronger than me, like most phobias.
If I ever saw a Goliath in my house, I think I'd blow my house up with 20 kg of dynamite.
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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Xerxes on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:51 am

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Re: Why I will never set a foot in Australia...

Postby Little_Devil on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:11 pm

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