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big ugly spider in my room

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I came today to see this big spider on my ceiling. nearly 3.5 inch spanning. Can anyone tell me the actual name of the bugger? tried finding on google but wasn't successful

I shifted in my new apartment 2 months ago. I dont have any furniture and its quite clean. all my windows were closed for some time.. only 1 was open had a net installed on it, still it managed to come inside. I've seen it before at my friends place.. is this common? and more importantly is it dangerous?

well its dead now .. after i took pics
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

He was called Arthur and he just wanted to be your friend.
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

Previously discussed at length over here:

Giant spiders invading Switzerland
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

does it look like this?

http://extension.missouri.edu/public...aspx?P=g7386-3

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I wouldn't take any chances, splatter the mother and find out what it is afterwards.
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

brown recluse i hope not.
.. as you can see "arthur" had a bit of patterns on the back

i wont be sleeping tonight.. still getting goosebumps just watching the corpse
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

Simply put a glass over it next time, slip a piece of cardboard underneath and chuck him outside.
He just thought it was cosy inside.
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Was there any green blood or a small rodent amongst the remains per chance? We ought to be told.
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

It's almost certainly not venomous and as Sky points out, just another of the beautiful creatures with which we share this world. I don't see any reason to kill spiders here, they're not the lethal types I'm used to from Australia.

Now this one, on the other hand, I'd think twice about sharing my house with:

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Was there any green blood or a small rodent amongst the remains per chance? We ought to be told.
nope its pale yellowish.. and no rodents so far.

.. just found another 1 smaller.. WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY COMING FROM.... seriously its like im under attack!!!!
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

He certainly looked well fed.... I suppose you might be worried

Arthur and his buddies might like to be poisonous, but the varieties here are too weak to bite you.
They're just wannabe's


Find his offspring ?
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WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY COMING FROM.... seriously its like im under attack!!!!
You haven't recently pulled a peg from an old beam in your house, have you?
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

What are we even talking about this for? I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Re: big ugly spider in my room

That is the Swiss apple spider, so called becasue the adult apple spider grows to the size of an apple. Some say that the William Tell myth actually described a spider shot from the head of his son

The swiss apple spider is carnivorous, aggresive, poisonous and breeds really fast

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Re: big ugly spider in my room

It's nearly conker season so just remember to pick up a few and put one in the corner of each room. Spiders hate the smell of them and won't come in. Sounds wierd but it works...

Although being new to Switzerland I am assuming we have conkers out here and there isn't some silly rule banning you from collecting them?!
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Hi all,
I came today to see this big spider on my ceiling. nearly 3.5 inch spanning. Can anyone tell me the actual name of the bugger? tried finding on google but wasn't successful

I shifted in my new apartment 2 months ago. I dont have any furniture and its quite clean. all my windows were closed for some time.. only 1 was open had a net installed on it, still it managed to come inside. I've seen it before at my friends place.. is this common? and more importantly is it dangerous?

well its dead now .. after i took pics
it has 7 legs. what did you do with it?
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It's almost certainly not venomous and as Sky points out, just another of the beautiful creatures with which we share this world. I don't see any reason to kill spiders here, they're not the lethal types I'm used to from Australia.

Now this one, on the other hand, I'd think twice about sharing my house with:


I'm usually alright with "creepy crawlies" but this is something else. Or is it actually a normal sized spider in a dolls house?
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That is the Swiss apple spider, so called becasue the adult apple spider grows to the size of an apple. Some say that the William Tell myth actually described a spider shot from the head of his son

The swiss apple spider is carnivorous, aggresive, poisonous and breeds really fast

Sweet dreams
thank you so much
and i have a presentation tomorrow morning

btw i did googled apple spider!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3231/...f2d30d35_o.jpg
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Get a cat. You'll never have spider trouble again
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That is the Swiss apple spider
Let me guess, they're great when it comes to surfing the web, but its a nightmare to keep your flies organised, and if they want to do anything more complicated it costs them a fang and a leg in upgrades.

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