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Old 03-29-2011, 08:31 PM   #16
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To be fair and honest. My kindness to spiders does have a limit.... They come in the shower with me they're getting washed down the drain - no question about it.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:25 PM   #17
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To be fair and honest. My kindness to spiders does have a limit.... They come in the shower with me they're getting washed down the drain - no question about it.
I have something for you. Be careful about rinsing them down the drain.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/58807/nigh...inethe-academy
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I have something for you. Be careful about rinsing them down the drain.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/58807/nigh...inethe-academy
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! why, god? WHY???? My eyes are burning. I am scarred now - maybe forever.

I do <3 Rod Sterling, though. Watched Planet of the Apes tonight.

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:06 PM   #19
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What's so strange about that? They ARE called a RECLUSE!
I've never seen one either!.... and hope I never do!

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We have "fiddlebacks" EVERYWHERE here(Oklahoma). Some are less reclusive than others. The bites are ugly.
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We ran into this little guy in a pool in Puerto Rico: http://www.arachnopets.com/tarantula...y/alaeta01.htm

DH rescued him. Turns out it was a baby Puerto Rican tarantula
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I don't think I have ever heard a person say that after they have been bitten though.
I've had only one serious spider bite. They think it might have been a brown recluse. Never saw it nor felt the bite.

As time went by (maybe three days) what I thought was just some kind of bug bite grew worse. Eventually caused a 1/2" hole in my arm, with a hollow below it almost the size of a regular marble.

Took a couple of months of daily visits to the doctor to heal it.

Any spider that comes anywhere near me today, DIES!
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:25 PM   #22
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Okay, I found another one while working some more in my back yard. Took a pic of the underside and the top. The pictures I took from the back didn't show the strip, but from the underside shot, you can see how it continued around until the hour glass.

I kicked it out into the driveway because I didn't want to stomp it in my garage and I lost it...I HOPE IT DIES!!!!!!
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Ahh it looks cute all tucked in like that.


I would still step on it. :P
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check out the under body markings description here

http://kaston.transy.edu/widow.html
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Didn't realize there were so stinking many variations of those little beasts. Guess mine is a typical Southern Black Widow and the markings on the back are just an expression of it's age and/or personal preference. Either way, I know to kill on sight!!!! Thanks for all the feedback everyone.



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If you have doubt, kill it. there is no shortage of spiders.

I can understand the terror from not knowing for sure or just know a little bit. While traveling in India, my friend thought he was bitten by Brown Recluse that he saw on the floor at the Mumbai(Bambay) airport terminal after feeling something on his arm. He was trained while being in the Special Forces in the military. He could not catch it.

After 5 minutes an area on his arm started to swell, so he went to the NWA/KLM counter and they had a doctor there within 5 minutes (never far from a doctor in India) even at 10:00 PM. The doctor examined and said it looked like it was just a mosquito bite. My friend felt relieved and went to liquor store in the terminal and bought a 6 pack of beer and a bottle of whiskey to relax with in the waiting area for 2 hours before we boarded. He admitted he was not 100% sure and was relieved.

About 5 minutes before the flight, he was paged and the ground service wanted to verify what seat he would be in (reference for the flight crew on the situation). That rattled him totally during the 8 hour flight to Amsterdam and he was difficult to be with and calm him. When we finally landed and said he wished he had killed it and saved it just to know and be safe.

In a crisis, it is difficult to react quickly, sanely and logically, but there is not a shortage of spiders.

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If you have doubt, kill it. there is no shortage of spiders.
I would have to agree. In some of the research for this thread, I did some reading as well. What I remember was about the northern version but I suspect all 3 species are similar.

It said that a bite on a healthy adult is not considered fatal, it can make you sick. They did warn that a bite on the elderly, infirm, or children can be quite serious so I would definately be on guard, especially if you have children around.

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Not all adult female black widows exhibit the red hourglass on their abdomen—some may have a pair of red spots or have no marking at all, but any markings that are present are bright red. Adult male black widows are a quarter the size of the female, and are usually gray or brown rather than black and red; while they may sometimes have an hourglass marking on their abdomen, it is usually yellow or white, not red. The bite of a male black widow is not considered dangerous to humans; it is the bite of the adult female black widow from her much larger venom sacs that has given this spider its dangerous reputation. While there is great variation in specifics by species and by gender, any spider exhibiting a red hourglass on the abdomen and having a shiny black body is an adult female black widow.
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It's a male Black Widow.
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A black widow spider bite is no fun.

I kept my gloves that I use to tend to the wood stove right by the wood that I carry in.
One Thursday morning when I put on the gloves, I felt like I mashed something soft with the left ring finger; I didn't feel the bite at all, so I though nothing of it.

After about an hour, it begin to itch.
After a couple of hours, it begin to burn a little.
By that night, it was like my hand was on fire. No amount of over the counter pain pills helped at all. Still not knowing what it was, I put up with it for another day and night. By Sat. morning, I just couldn't stand the constant burning any longer so I went to the only clinic open on Sat. Though I never did find the spider, the doctor confirmed it was a black widow. Doc gave me a shot of something and some really powerful pain relief pills that finally gave me some relief from the burning and let me sleep.
It took about a week to fully recover. The finger never really did swell very much; the venom attacks the nervous system.

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This is what the male black widow looks like here at the ranch.

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