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#1    Saru

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

Far from being the stuff of nightmares, spiders are actually more afraid of you than you are of them.

Live Science said:

Most so-called "spider bites" are not actually spider bites, according to researchers and several recent studies. Instead, "spider bites" are more likely to be bites or stings from other arthropods such as fleas, skin reactions to chemicals or infections, said Chris Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University in Montreal.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:24 PM

A Spiders 'bark' is definitely worse than its bite.

Most of the time...

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:55 PM

View PostSaru, on 10 July 2013 - 10:41 AM, said:

Far from being the stuff of nightmares, spiders are actually more afraid of you than you are of them.
That's very consoling :D It still won't stop me running a mile from one though....

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:19 PM

It's not the fear of the bite, it's the creepy crawling feeling of a spider skittering across your skin that freaks people out.. *shivers*


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

I've only been bitten twice. Once by a red back, which only made me sick for a day, and another which i don't know what it was. That one sucked, my hand was so swollen i had to cut a ring off.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:01 PM

View Postmadduke, on 10 July 2013 - 03:19 PM, said:

It's not the fear of the bite, it's the creepy crawling feeling of a spider skittering across your skin that freaks people out.. *shivers*

thank you for putting that image in my mind!
*looks around... and smiles as i see NO spiders*

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

View Postwillowdreams, on 10 July 2013 - 04:01 PM, said:

thank you for putting that image in my mind!
*looks around... and smiles as i see NO spiders*

You could do with one to eat that little bug in your signature. :whistle:

    

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 05:04 PM

View Postwillowdreams, on 10 July 2013 - 04:01 PM, said:

thank you for putting that image in my mind!
*looks around... and smiles as i see NO spiders*

Oh, but it's the ones you can't see... :P

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

View PostOdds, on 10 July 2013 - 05:04 PM, said:

Oh, but it's the ones you can't see... :P

i have cats... they will protect me.. yes yes yes they will!

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:04 PM

Some of you are lucky that you can even run from a spider! I just freeze out of complete terror. ;/


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:09 PM

I think cats and spiders are in cohorts, evil little things they are, lol.I nameed my kitten 'Kaos', it may not be spelt the same as chaos, but damn does it destroy everything it goes near.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:14 PM

View Postbleakatheart, on 10 July 2013 - 10:04 PM, said:

Some of you are lucky that you can even run from a spider! I just freeze out of complete terror. ;/

Head to Australia then, you'll be fine *ahem* :P

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:30 AM

View PostOdds, on 10 July 2013 - 10:14 PM, said:

Head to Australia then, you'll be fine *ahem* :P

Funnily enough I have thought about moving to Australia, and that's the one thing stopping me. I'm that sad haha. :P


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:51 AM

Who was it that said:

    " We have nothing to fear, but fear itself....... and spiders. "


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:55 AM

almost 12 yrs ago I got this kitten, barely 2 1/2 weeks old, I had to feed him by bottle, use warm cloth on bottom so he could go.. course I had no idea he was a he, his face looked girly to me, so I named him sophia.. learned later when he developed balls that he was a she, anyways..

as he grew, when he was roundabout 6 wks old, if it moved, he chased it. If it crawled, he chased it then tortured it and ate it.

I let him be, it is the way of a cat, right? Besides we had two dogs too, a rotty-husky mix and a lab husky mix, they actually would go running outside and catch things and bring em home.. possums were worse, but eventually the dogs stopped

Again, I digress.

We had a wet wet winter and spring, and spiders hatched, our tub would always have a few. Sophia had issues with the tub, he could jump as well as any cat, but the tub even when dry is not something he could dig claws into, so he usually avoided the tub. Especially since once he jumped and missed the side and my daughter had just drawn a bubble bath... he smelled very very floral for a while.

I woke up one moring, and you know how it is, you wake.. you must pee.. so off to the bathroom, Sophia popped out of the tun, and did that full mouth mewling thing, I ignored it being half asleep.. the sink was right by the toilet, so he leaped on it and looked me in the eye, he loves head bopping, he would look at whoever is sitting on the toilet, and we are expected to butt his forhead with ours.. he still loves htat.

I turned to him and leaned in, he did that full mouth mewly thing, i looked at his mouth.. it was closed... but on eithr side of his 'mouth' was these legs, and they were moving...

I just sat there screaming, he looked at me like i was insane.. my roommate ran in thinking osmething was wrong, sophia looked at her, she looked at him.. saw the legs and ran out of the room... he just mewled again, jumped down and ran off mewling to the dogs...

lord only knows what he was saying to the dogs about our reacting to his prisoner.

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