This lil lady comes out at night to watch, just a plain southern house spider I think. The glow is from light reflected from the eyes. She seems to like all the different angles of just that one spot and has almost a two inch leg span. If this keeps up I'll have to start another hivemaster run soon. Heh, I caught a smaller one climbing my leg this morning. It's been raining so hard lately I think they are seeking shelter for a while and hard to keep out. Better than the skunks and possum going at it on the deck I reckon. The area of mountains I am in are classified as temperate rain forest so we have lots of different critters to enjoy. I am reminded of years ago when I kept a few varieties of tarantulas, which were very easy lil critters to care for, well, cept for the goliath bird eater (wicked fast).
Man, those Goliath Bird Eaters do not play around. When I was little, there was a local pet shop that had one. That thing was a LOT faster than you'd think for its size. They had to stop feeding it during open hours as it was so big they had to give it live mice, and it would literally shred them to pieces.
Heh. The goliaths's are VERY aggressive. I found the one that seemed to like my leg. I got home today and he decided to sit on the chair and watch me, lil bugger. Least I got a closer look this time, a smaller version of the first. Whenever I would shoo him off he crawled right back up. Go figger. I helped him outside as he was not exactly in a convenient spot. :)
My favorites are the very tiny ones that get on the computer screen and follow the cursor around like a hunter.
It depends on the type of spider. For those cute, rainbow-colored jumping spiders and their big eyes, I can overlook the extra legs. Some of them are even pretty. But those big scary furry crawly spiders or those squirmy banana spiders or those webby black spiders with the fat bodies and spindly legs?
Nope. Squish them with a wad of toilet paper, flush them down, and scrub my hands. If I found a big one, I'd spray my bedroom until every corner reeked of bug spray. And if I see a scorpion--worst of all by far--I destroy it with the heaviest object I can find.
Four legs good. More legs bad. My evolutionary phobias are very specific about that.
Hehheh. Lawd, at one time when I was younger I had emperor scorpions, tarantulas, and a pet rat. I told my mom once that one of my arboreal tarantulas had gotten loose in my apt. and could very well be on the ceiling fan. She opted NOT to come over for a few days (it was true, but just sayin if ya don't want visitors... ;) )
I like frogs and turtles, especially turtles. I have many precious memories of my brother and I hunting frog eggs and tadpoles each year. The wonder of watching those little squigglies as they grow into frogs is one that every child should be able to experience. :)
I do like listening to the frogs sing, very calming. I find myself trying not to hit them as they hop across the road during a rainstorm. It was kinda funny last year during the eclipse, as they fired up for a few minutes when it got dark, and then quieted back down relatively fast as the eclipse passed.
Ahhh, I think I do be settling into my new role. If anyone needs help moderator wise, don't hesitate to send a PM (flag it if it is really serious). I don't know all the answers by far (and then some), but can work on getting an answer regardless (cept for tech. issues which are bout beyond me and would take a bit longer,heh). As part of the moderator team, I'm kinda like 7-11, 'I may not always be doin' business, but I'm always open'. Sometimes it gets a little rough and tumble every now and again, but this is a great forum with even greater folks to push it forward. Thanks for all the help, both moderators and non-moderators alike Zag
I made my usual quarterly trip to the vampires at the Red Cross today for a Power Red x2 donation. It went well as usual. I always feel better after doing that as maybe it might help another one day soon.