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#1 of 90 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted April 15 2004 - 05:52 AM

http://www.termite.c...tification.html

The meanest creatures seem to live in Australia.

Those mouse spiders look extra mean.

I don't kill all spiders, just the biggest hairy ones.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 05:57 AM

That totally creeped me out.......

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:10 AM

How the hell do you kill em? I would be way too freaked out to kill one. Big hairy splatt.....ugh, don't want to think about it.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:13 AM

I got that beat...

Check out the "Camel Spiders" of Iraq.

http://us.f2.yahoofs....XOtfABCueNkvuN
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:15 AM

Good god, what the hell is that/!??!

Like the face huggers in Alien. Only worse.

edit: is that pic a fake? check this out:

http://www.straightd...amelspider.html

According to this they are no bigger than a hand, and if I'm not mistaken in that pic they are way way larger.

#6 of 90 OFFLINE   Erik.Ha

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:18 AM

Like I said... Theyre "Camel Spiders."
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#7 of 90 OFFLINE   Julie K

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:19 AM

Now now...don't be putting solifugids like that in with spiders Posted Image

Camel spiders are not spiders, nor are they scorpions like some of their other common names imply. They are in their own order Solifugid.

Here's one from the US:
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(BTW, I think the 'spiders' are being held very close to the camera - the info I found says the body is 2" and the legspan is 5" )
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:19 AM

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Check out the "Camel Spiders" of Iraq.
If that doesn't tell you the war was a bad idea, I don't know what will.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:22 AM

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If that doesn't tell you the war was a bad idea, I don't know what will.

On the other hand, the people who keep them as pets are probably jumping up and down with joy over the idea of easy imports Posted Image
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:23 AM

The picture is real... Some of the commentary that has accompanied it as it has made its way around the internet (they run 25 miles per hour, jump 10 feet in the air, and devoure your legs while you sleep after injecting you with an anesthetic to keep you from waking up) is all BULLSHIT...




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Camel spiders are not spiders, nor are they scorpions like some of their other common names imply. They are in their own order Solifugid.


Why dont you marry one then!!!Posted Image

In all seriousness, I think you missed the point... You can call them "Spiders" or "Sulifugids" or "Flying Freakin' Squirrels" for all I care... THEYRE STILL DAMNED CREEPY!
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:28 AM

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In all seriousness, I think you missed the point... THEYRE STILL DAMNED CREEPY

Yeah, but discussions of them are just thread crapping. Someone should start a thread "Solifugids - do they creep you out?"

(Yes, I'm joking both here and in my first post Posted Image )
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:33 AM

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How the hell do you kill em? I would be way too freaked out to kill one. Big hairy splatt.....ugh, don't want to think about it.
I find the crunchy sound some large bugs make when stepped on much worse.

I cannot stand anything with more than 4 legs.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:37 AM

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(BTW, I think the 'spiders' are being held very close to the camera - the info I found says the body is 2" and the legspan is 5" )


Im sorry... but when I see a spider with a 1/4 inch legspan creeping around my kitchen, I run to the living room, jump on the couch and scream like a little girl for my wife to "kill it!!!" (shes usually right next to me screaming "NOOOO!!!! YOU KILL IT!!!!")

I see a "solufigad" or whatever the hell you call that spidery looking THING with a FIVE INCH LEG SPAN, Im sprinting to the car, driving to the nearest Howard Johnson's, and on the way, Im calling Century 21 to sell the house...
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:38 AM

Erik, where did the camel spiders go? I was only kidding.
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:40 AM

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where did the camel spiders go?


Sounds like a Pete Seeger song...

Good question... they disapeared... CREEPY BASTARDS!


[Edit] They're baaaaaaack...
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:44 AM

Hmmm...I still don't see them. I'm probably the only person here not creeped out by them and I can't see the pretty spiders. I think I'll sulk a bit.
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Posted April 15 2004 - 06:46 AM

Years ago I knew a guy that was stationed in Iraq for a while said they had safety bulletins on these things.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 07:03 AM

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If that doesn't tell you the war was a bad idea, I don't know what will.


At least it explains WHY Hussein needed chemical weapons... If I had those things creeping around the yard, I'd stock pile poisons too...
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Posted April 15 2004 - 07:06 AM

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.. but when I see a spider with a 1/4 inch legspan creeping around my kitchen, I run to the living room, jump on the couch and scream like a little girl for my wife to "kill it!!!"

Uh so what you're saying is your spine turns to gel when you see a spider, right? Just kidding.


One night while playing on my pc my wife said "SCOTT!!!! get in here NOW!!". Then I heard fear in her voice and I knew I wasn't in trouble but was being told to kill something. I kid you not it was a spider with (legs included) larger in diameter than a silver dollar. I made her leave the room and thought about how to kill it. If I missed, it might jump on me. Luckily it hit is square with a fly swapper and croaked it. I took it's carcass with and me and researched it's origin.

It was a harmless garden spider.

Harmless or not, it sure as hell didn't look harmless and it scared the shit out of my wife. In a sense, it had signed it's own death warrant.

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Posted April 15 2004 - 07:15 AM

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Uh so what you're saying is your spine turns to gel when you see a spider, right?


EXACTLY!

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I kid you not it was a spider with (legs included) larger in diameter than a silver dollar.


Scott- Could you please tell me WHERE YOU LIVE, so I can make a mental note to NEVER MOVE ANYWHERE NEAR THERE...

Thanks...


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I made her leave the room and thought about how to kill it. If I missed, it might jump on me.


OHHHH PISS ON THAT!!! Check-in to HoJos and call the Orkin man!
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