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Friday, November 30, 2007

Want More Nightmares?

Mine and Granny's snake photos gave readers nightmares. Here's more nightmare items. If you suffer from arachnophobia, skip this post!


As if our military didn't have enough to contend with, they also encounter camel spiders. Although they aren't poisonous, they can make you hurt yourself escaping from them. Most of the myths about camel spiders are untrue.

Pair of Camel Spiders in Iraq

Iraq - Camel spiders

They will bite, however.

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spider bite wound

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To learn more about these creatures, click on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_Spiders

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Still wanting more nightmare material? OK, click on this video about a Goliath Tarantula, the largest spider in the world.

Video Goliath Tarantula-largest in world:

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  • When my dainty, petite youngest daughter was a teeny bopper, she proved her love of animals by gathering as pets a virtual cattery, a poodle dog, a 3' boa constrictor and a large White Kneed Tarantula named Queen Diamond . The Queen was fed a royal supply of crickets that she dispatched with gusto. Although Jeannie wouldn't touch the creature, teen boys, teeming with testosterone and anxious to display their manliness, would allow Queen to crawl all over themselves. From time to time it was necessary to give the Queen's habitat a good cleaning ( an acquarium with screened lid). Since Jeannie wouldn't so much as put her hand in the royal abode, it fell my lot to remove Queen Diamond to a coffee can until cleaning was completed. Don't mothers always get the unpleasant jobs of pet care? It was actually quite easy. The Queen was very docile unless annoyed or spooked. I'd place the coffee can in front of her and delicately nudge her rump until she entered the can. Then snap the lid on and she was safely enclosed until time to return her to her quarters. She grew to be quite large. I would not have liked to have a Goliath Tarantula, however.

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    BRAZILIAN WHITE KNEE TARANTULA


    Description:-Acanthoscurria geniculata - brazilian white knee tarantula

    Brazilian whiteknee tarantula

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Brazilian whiteknee tarantula



    The Brazilian whiteknee tarantula, Acanthoscurria geniculata, is a species of tarantula native to Brazil. It is commonly referred to as the whiteknee tarantula, giant whiteknee tarantula, giant white knee tarantula or Brazilian giant whiteknee tarantula, among other permutations.

    This species is relatively large, with a legspan of up to 8.5 inches for adult females. Unlike many of the larger terrestrial tarantulas it is very colorful in its appearance due to the brilliant white stripes that adorn its leg joints.

    Brazilian whiteknee tarantulas have been much prized as pets, due to their size, hardiness, and striking coloration. They are moderately defensive, and their urticating hairs can be quite irritating to human skin. These spiders, like any un-domesticated pet, can bite when provoked. Fortunately however because they have urticating hairs biting is typically not their first line of defense. Their venom is not considered medically significant but due to their large size the puncture damage can be extensive.



    COMMENTS:

    betmo said...

    good lord! do they call them camel spider because they are big enough to ride? ewww!!!!

    Saturday, December 01, 2007 3:46:00 PM

    Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

    I never suffered from arachnophobia. Matter of fact, I have a couple of the creatures living with me to dispose of flies and the like.

    Now a Tarantula is another matter!

    Sunday, December 02, 2007 5:56:00 AM

    Worried American said...

    I am tolerant of most creatures that share our earth, including spiders and snakes WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS!! I recognize their niche in co-existence but sharing has its limits regarding a few. I will dispatch POISONOUS snakes and spiders that threaten the living space of my loved ones. Most harmless creatures I merely shoo away or capture and release. There is one non-poisonous spider that would invade my flower gardens that for some odd reason gave me the shuddering willies and I immediately terminated its existence.Although I do not fear spiders and snakes, I understand the feelings of those that do.

    Monday, December 03, 2007 1:48:00 PM







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    3 Comments:

    • At Saturday, December 01, 2007 3:46:00 PM , Blogger betmo said...

      good lord! do they call them camel spider because they are big enough to ride? ewww!!!!

       
    • At Sunday, December 02, 2007 5:56:00 AM , Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

      I never suffered from arachnophobia. Matter of fact, I have a couple of the creatures living with me to dispose of flies and the like.

      Now a Tarantula is another matter!

       
    • At Monday, December 03, 2007 1:48:00 PM , Blogger Worried American said...

      I am tolerant of most creatures that share our earth, including spiders and snakes WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS!! I recognize their niche in co-existence but sharing has its limits regarding a few. I will dispatch POISONOUS snakes and spiders that threaten the living space of my loved ones. Most harmless creatures I merely shoo away or capture and release. There is one non-poisonous spider that would invade my flower gardens that for some odd reason gave me the shuddering willies and I immediately terminated its existence.Although I do not fear spiders and snakes, I understand the feelings of those that do.

       

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