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SPIDER! but a very wee one at the moment 
16th-Feb-2005 08:48 am
Owl totem
For those of you who might be interested....

Here's a baby huntsman we have currently living in our kitchen. He's currently about the size of a quarter (and, yes I know how big a quarter is now! Heh) and extraordinarily cute at this stage (as all babies are). He tends to live in one corner, but I've had to move him away as I've been painting (am currently painting the kitchen) because I certainly don't want to kill him. I did try to put my hand beside him in the photo, so you could get some idea of his size, but he had a major panic attack and was running all over the place and I'm sure his wee life flashed before his eyes. ;~P

Hubby named him last night. :~D

Here you can see him on the cornice.

and here's a close up.

We're having a new kitchen put in next week, so I may have to move him. Don't wan't the workmen squishing him by accident!
15th-Feb-2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
EW! You're letting it live?
15th-Feb-2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
that's so cool!
yay! i'm not the only one who doesn't smoosh spiders on sight! :D
my parents -freaked- when they saw me shooing a brown recluse out of the house rather than killing it ded. *sighs*
15th-Feb-2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
What I've read of the brown recluse they are quite dangerous/poisonous though, aren't they?
I'll admit I do kill the poisonous ones. Can't take any chances with 4 kids.
But huntsmen are pretty harmless. And they eat flies, so that's always good. It's just that they're big (size of your hand) and hairy when fully grown, so that can be a tad off-putting. But my hubby usually just catches them in a jar and put them out. :~)
15th-Feb-2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
they are poisonous, yes (in a very nasty way), but we've only had one (it's not their usual territory) and i walked it across the highway to the nature preserve (because i am hopeless like that ;). almost everything i find in the house are harmless. the biggest i've seen was a wolf spider while living in england. very cool but sort of unsettling when it started jumping around 0_o

i wish we had big hairy spiders here. and i'm probably nuts for saying that but they do sound cool. :)
15th-Feb-2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
I miss my tarantula
15th-Feb-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Hubby won't take me to Australia because of the spiders.

oooh, I have an icon that fits!
15th-Feb-2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well, as I used to be phobic about them, I do know how he feels, so I won't mock him.
(too loudly) ;~)

Looking at your icon reminded me- do you remember the scene in GoF when Moody shows them the Unforgivables? He makes one of the spiders tapdance. I couldn't help wondering if Ron's dream in this was a deliberate foreshadowing.
16th-Feb-2005 01:29 am (UTC)
That certainly makes more sense as foreshadowing than all the Pumpkin Piers saying "oooh, it's teh scene where Harry shouts 'he was their friend, and he betrayed them' while Hermione crouches at his feet blowing him and Ron is apart from them"


Struck a nerve. Sorry!
15th-Feb-2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Blech! I hate spiders!

Oddly, though, I don't immediately kill them if I find them in my house. I try to get them into a jar and toss them outside.

If they crawl out of my sink or bathtub drain, however, it's "I hope you took swimming lessons, Eight Legs," right before letting loose a torrent of water.
15th-Feb-2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
I used to hate them, but I don't any more. Though you'll be amazed and impressed at how quick I can move or the sorts of screams I can make if surprised by one! :~D
15th-Feb-2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen a huntsman in ages!! I think they're getting rare here in Adelaide.. I caught a black spider yesterday, don't know what it is though, so we're keeping it safe until we can find out what it is!
15th-Feb-2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
We had a wonderful black house spider in our bathroom for a couple of yrs. She was the BEST fly-catcher. I called her Drucilla. XD She had at least 2 batches of babies (none of whom stayed) and I was really sad when she upped and died recently.
16th-Feb-2005 12:15 am (UTC)
I actually have 2 spiders in my computer room at the moment, but I think they're the brown house spider variety. But they're excellent in killing the midges that we have round here! Which is excellent because we had a lot! And the bites were terrible..
16th-Feb-2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Kirsty, how do you make your journal do that lovely 'disolve' thing?
16th-Feb-2005 02:40 am (UTC)
You know.. Since changing my layout I've been trying to figure that one out myself! I wasn't sure if it only did it to me, or if it did it to everyone! But I'll let you know as soon as I know myself! (Which I am working on!)
16th-Feb-2005 03:58 am (UTC)
I think I may have just worked it out.. Maybe.. When customizing your journal layout, right in the end box (of the easy edit mode) you have the whole HTML box.. At the top, under the title of your journal put in -
<@META http-equiv=Page-Enter content="revealTrans(transition=12, duration=5.0)"@>
<@META http-equiv=Page-Exit content="revealTrans(transition=12, duration=5.0)"@>

Without the at signs. I'm pretty sure that's the coding.. But I'm not sure if you need a closing tag. As far as I can see, you don't.. But I can't be positive! >_< It was actually at duration=1.0 but I changed it to 5.0. I guess you can use whichever you like! ;o)
15th-Feb-2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh... he's....er....lovely. Yes. Just what I would want gaping at me whilst I ate my cereal at breakfast. I am happy that you are a friend to non venomous spiders though.
15th-Feb-2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
You know, one almost fell in my son's breakfast once! We didn't even know he was in the kitchen (on the ceiling)! And they drop, see, which is probably their most unplesant habit.
My son and I were chatting and we hear this 'plop', then the next thing he does this funny little shriek and leaps out of his seat. And there were these long huntsman legs waving on the other side of his bowl!
It was really very funny at the time. ;~)
15th-Feb-2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
But Kate- It's going to get BIGGER! I had a showdown with one just last night.It was the size of my hand splayed out. It was once the size of yours. Anyway, It's with God now. And a bit on my shoe.
15th-Feb-2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
I know he's going to grow! If and when he makes a nuisance of himself, we'll put him out. :~)
15th-Feb-2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think I speak for everyone who has a bit of Ron's boggart running through their veins when I say, "AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
15th-Feb-2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I used to be completely phobic about spiders! But when you have one of these BIG huntsmen in the car with two babies... well, you can't abandon the car as you might once have done. ;~) You have to deal with the spider. :~P
So, between that and gardening (where there's literally a RedBack under every rock), I learned to get over my fear.
Plus, one day while gardening, I disturbed a nest and all these baby huntsmen poured out of it. Weeny white things the size of your little fingernail. I was completely freaked (as were most of the spiderlings who fled as fast as their weeny legs would carry them) until one of them THREATENED me. Took up a defensive stance and waved its weeny forearms menacingly at me! I just about fell over laughing. Such audacity! Such bravery! From something so SMALL! I haven't been phobic about spiders since.
That's not to say I want them in my immediate space either. I certainly didn't enjoy towelling myself dry with one!! O.o
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