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    Any spider enthusiasts?

    On holiday and there are some spiders by the pool. Mrs Gyp is concerned that they are killer spiders and we are moments from death.

    Anyone know what they are, and if I need to knock up a will pronto?





    This one brought down a gecko



    Spiky eggs!



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    Could be a slow worm but more likely some sort of Orb Weaver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil h View Post
    Could be a slow worm but more likely some sort of Orb Weaver.
    It probably is a completely safe orb weaver, but now the pest eradication operative has been summoned I'm expecting the whole area to go into lock down any minute now

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    Brown widow (I kid you not)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man of Kent View Post
    Brown widow (I kid you not)
    That's what Mrs G thinks they are

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    apply pressure to one with your finger & let us know how you get on.

    Which country are you in ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobo View Post
    apply pressure to one with your finger & let us know how you get on.

    Which country are you in ?
    Can't I use her finger?

    We're in Florida.

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    My wife was bitten by a brown recluse spider last year whilst in florida. Originally thought it was a mosquito bite until she visited a doctor after it kept pussing back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man of Kent View Post
    Brown widow (I kid you not)

    Certainly looks like it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_geometricus

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    Brown widow indeed. I spotted a recluse spider in our holiday bungalow on our first family trip to Florida. I was unable to catch/kill it - it went back under the fridge. My wife is afraid of spiders (to say the least...) so I didn’t mention it to her!

    I went to the the office of the resort the next day and mentioned my encounter. The guy there whipped out a map from under the desk and showed me ‘mug shots’ of spiders to determine my house ‘pet’. I was able to finger the type of spider from the book. “Recluse, not good. We will take care of it!” So when we went out to the beach, pest control entered the bungalow for a chemical war.

    It took a few years before I told my wife about it.

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    Back in the distant history of earth, was there a time when Florida was part of Australia? Florida seems to have an unusually large number of nasty wee beasties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Back in the distant history of earth, was there a time when Florida was part of Australia? Florida seems to have an unusually large number of nasty wee beasties.
    Well, it was all part of one landmass, but no, modern Australia was not adjacent to North America.

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