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Pretty little jumper

13 Sep

Is this not one of the prettiest jumping spiders (Salticidae) you’ve ever seen? ūüėć

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Holding my Holconia immanis huntsman

22 Jul

Hello all!

Life’s been absolutely crazy lately, between work, school and kids, and unfortunately that leaves little time for much else. ¬†But I really wanted to share my video with you of me¬†FINALLY¬†holding my beautiful Cuddles, the Holconia immanis (or Banded) huntsman. ¬†I’ve had her for a couple of years now, and before she passes, I wanted a chance to hold her. ¬†I know to you arachnaphobes out there, that sounds absolutely insane.

But I love spiders, especially large ones (not the deadly ones exactly), and I guess I built up my confidence holding my Nephila species Golden Orbs. ¬†Neither species are known to be aggressive, though they are both venomous (although they don’t possess ‘medically significant’ venom), and have very large fangs that are not a problem to see.

I started slowly, with coaxing her onto the lid of a container where she nearly walked onto my hand. ¬†Some of you long-time readers may remember I was bitten by a large huntsman (same species) back when I lived in Byfield Rainforest. ¬†And yes, I remember the pain. So, although I really, really wanted to hold her, I prepared myself for the worst…just in case. A few tries later and I was able to get the following video. ¬†Enjoy!

 

Orb Spider (Nephila maculata) on my face video going viral!

1 Nov

Well, recently I did a video of my Wuelfing stick insect (juvenile) walking around on my head. ¬†It got such a crazy response from my friends, I decided to up the ante. ¬†Why not put my beautiful orb spider, Coraline, on my head and really freak people out? ¬†(I blame my love for Stephen King for this love of making people’s skin crawl.) As many of you may not know, this spider, despite appearances, is actually a very docile creature. ¬†They’re not aggressive and not ready biters, although they are venomous and fully capable of biting. ¬†But, their venom is not considered medically significant, like say a Redback.

So, I posted this video to YouTube so I could share it with my friends on Facebook. ¬†Then I posted it on Reddit. ¬†Somewhere in there, it went viral…ish. ¬†Right now it’s sitting at just under 73,000 views. ¬† I’ve been interviewed by the local news station, local newspaper, the story has been run on everything from The Daily Mail to MTV.com. ¬†I’m not sure how these phenomenons happen, but it’s pretty crazy that it’s my silly mug on the viral video of the minute.

So, here’s a look at the video that’s causing such a stir. ¬†***Remember, these spiders are venomous and should not be handled by anyone not experienced with insect and spider handling.***

Meet my Huntsman spiders!

28 Sep

I’ve said a few times that maybe I should have called this blog “Wannabe Arachnologist”, since my love of spiders seems to overshadow my love for insects…at times.

I suppose my love for spiders is a bit bigger than your average person (and considered insane by a lot), but I honestly find it strange that not everybody thinks they’re amazing.

So, you wont be surprised to learn that I currently have four Huntsman spiders from three different species. Two I bought from registered breeders, and two were given to me by friends who kindly spared their lives.

First up is Cuddles, my female Holconia immanis. Also known as the Banded or Giant Grey Huntsman. And those two humans are my daughters posing next to the cage I made for Cuddles.
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Next, is Dash, my Fireback Huntsman (Beregama cordata). This one is fast, hence the name. Huntsman are known to be fast anyway, but this cutie is like the Usain Bolt of the spider world.

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This next beauty , Red, is a gorgeous Heteropoda species, or Brown Huntsman. The picture is very misleading. This beautiful creature actually looks a lot redder to the naked eye. I used a flash on this photo, so it’s hard to tell.

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And last, but certainly not least is my other Holconia immanis huntsman that was given to me by a friend who really wanted it relocated far away from her house. It’s grown quite a bit since I’ve gotten it, and is just stunning.

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In case you’re wondering, huntsman are venomous, but do not have “medically significant” venom. And they can be quite docile in captivity, choosing flight over fight most of the time. Respect is always key when handling any insect or spider.

If you want to read more about the huntsman, or about the time I was bitten by one, click HERE.

Calling the spider doctor!

27 Aug

So, last week I found a 4-legged TINY wolf spider in the hallway of my house. For the record, it was missing 3 legs on one side, and one of the other…so it was a tad lopsided. It was just sitting in the hallway not trying to run for cover at all. I knew it probably wasn’t going to make it. And then I decided to do something that is the exact reason some people think I’m nuts-I decided to adopt poor little Wolfie.

I had no idea if he’d make it, but I spent the next few days making sure he had enough water and fruit flies to give survival a good go.

And guess what? Today I found out he’d molted and had even regrown 3 of the missing limbs! (You can tell which ones they are by the lighter colour.)

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So, we’ll see how Wolfie does over the coming weeks. Hopefully leg #8 will make an appearance in the next molt.

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Giant Golden Orb Spider

30 May

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Bravery or Stupidity?

6 May

Here’s a picture of me and a Giant Golden Orb spider.¬† That’s as close as I could get without getting¬†my hair caught in the web.¬† I tried to get the shot so that you could see the size comparison with my face…which is pretty much equal.¬† This picture was taken pre-huntsman spider bite so there’s a bit of ignorant bliss going on in the photo.¬† Although the orb spiders can’t kill you, I’ve heard they do have a pretty good bite, like the huntsman.¬† And I¬† only need to feel that once.

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But honestly, arachnophobia aside, aren’t they gorgeous?