Spider eats snake; good stock images?

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ranplett
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 3:40PM
This is kind of scary, and very interesting as well:

Spider Eating Snake

I think it would make a cool stock photo if was taken with a decent lighting setup. I wish I had black widow spiders living in my garage.
Atlantagreg
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 6:18PM
Hmmm... I'd pick the snake. LOL. Those are nonpoisonous snakes - you get bit by a widow and OUCH - you're gonna wish you were dead for about a week.

sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 8:07PM
That is cool. I had to go look for more:

http://www.spiderzrule.com/spidersnake.htm

Interestingly, it is a brown widow spider (a cousin of the black). Didn't even know there was such a creature, let alone one that ate snakes.
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 8:32PM
Yikes! Take care of your chiguaguas
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 9:12PM
hmmm... well, they said that's in South Africa I think... but I think the reporter got it wrong, that sure looks like a BLACK Widow no matter where it is. Brown Widows do exist - we have them here (Georgia).

As a matter of fact I've had them on my back porch. The do get a kind of hourglassy shape on their bottomsides, but their bodies are definately a distinct brown color and sometimes have swirly patterns on them. Not as venomous as Black Widows but I know someone who got bit by one once and his whole arm was swollen like a balloon and hurt like hell for nearly a week.

Info on them, with a soso pic: http://www.petbugs.com/caresheets/L-geometricus.html

ADDED: Here's a better shot showing the pattern you sometimes see on their topsides... http://tinyurl.com/ddct6

Wanna live real dangerously? Go try to find one of the tiny Brown Recluse spiders we have here. Called "fiddle backs" by old timers because of the fiddle design on their heads. http://tinyurl.com/4dc52 You get bit by one of those and things start rotting off your body if you get a big enough dose. YIKES. I got bit by one nearly a year ago, and only got a small dose of venom and it left a sore on my arm the size of a 50-cent piece that got all goopy.. well, you get the idea. Hurt like hell.. on antibiotics for weeks. And still have a big scar. Spiders --- icky.



(Edited on 2005-11-06 21:23:10 by Atlantagreg)
vander
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Posted Sun Nov 6, 2005 9:13PM

I think it would make a cool stock photo if was taken with a decent lighting setup. I wish I had black widow spiders living in my garage.


Becareful what you wish for! Your in Vancouver not far from me and I've seen quite a few of these suckers on the island hanging out in wood piles..

Man, I hate spiders. Eww!!
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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005 9:22AM
I don't know what bit me a about a month ago, but it took three weeks to go away and meanwhile I was going quitely stark raving mad with the itch. A dime size "dead" looking area with an ugly swollen rash all around it and INSANELY itchy. I suspect it was a spider as we live rurally in Ontario surrounded by trees and bush. The first two weeks it grew each day then finally started subsideing. It did leave an indented scar where the "dead" area appeared.
I suppose there is a fair chance that it was the brown recluse and that I am just one of the very lucky people that only had a minor reaction.
Atlantagreg
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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005 11:40AM
Well, here is a map ( http://tinyurl.com/d8gco ) of the coverage area of the Brown Recluse and it doesn't extend to Canada anywhere, but I had read that there are cousins to it in a larger area with similar bite reactions - of course, I'm sure Ontario has it's own set of poisonous spiders we've never seen down here, either.

ALL spiders have venom. It's just that few have bad effects on humans. But hey, you can have an allergy to a Wolf Spider bite too, and for you it could be bad. Just depends on the person I guess.

Lacreates
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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005 12:05PM
ew ew ew ew ew ew ew

my two least favorite creatures

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww heebie jeebies
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