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Old 15.09.2018, 14:33
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Big ole beast under the bin lid today! about 6cm leg span and that toxic tropical look. Any ideas, should I just burn the bin?

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Big ole beast under the bin lid today! about 6cm leg span and that toxic tropical look. Any ideas, should I just burn the bin?

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Why stop at the bin? It's probably got offspring all over the house.
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Old 15.09.2018, 14:48
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I put my spiders to work at home. If they don't have money to pay rent, then they must catch the flying cr*p of which we have many. We live in a wooded area btw. I have designated corners for them and if they stray to other areas, I move them outside. If I see the sub-renters are not doing their work /no insect shells or captured flying menace/ I move them out as well. There is one that lives above our TV. The other night, instead of Strictly I was watching 'Thimothy' at work... for half an hour...
Are your spiders house trained? How did you manage? I kick mine out as soon as I see droppings under their webs.
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Old 15.09.2018, 15:32
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Are your spiders house trained? How did you manage? I kick mine out as soon as I see droppings under their webs.
That means they are doing what they are supposed to do. I'd have spiders over a giant wasp any time!
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Old 15.09.2018, 15:35
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Big ole beast under the bin lid today! about 6cm leg span and that toxic tropical look. Any ideas, should I just burn the bin?
You know they lay their eggs in clothes drawers, right? Underwear and socks mostly.
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Old 15.09.2018, 15:55
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Big ole beast under the bin lid today! about 6cm leg span and that toxic tropical look. Any ideas, should I just burn the bin?

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Looks like Zoropsis spinimana type. About 2cm in diameter? It's harmless and like to visit human habitats: nice conditions and food. I would leave him as is or transport it to rocky wooded area. No point in searching for its eggs now, they lay them in spring. You may as well already be a godfather to a few of them...
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Old 15.09.2018, 16:04
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Looks like Zoropsis spinimana type. About 2cm in diameter? It's harmless and like to visit human habitats: nice conditions and food. I would leave him as is or transport it to rocky wooded area. No point in searching for its eggs now, they lay them in spring. You may as well already be a godfather to a few of them...
He seems to be a bit bigger then that, is that body length? It looks right but it seriously has about 6-8cm legs span *shudder*. And she fat and chunky. I thought it might have been a random Brazilian Wandering Spider that fell out of a plane that passed overhead.

But I guess you are right, identical markings: http://www.almerinatura.com/galerias...spider050.html

I am still considering torching the bin.

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Old 15.09.2018, 16:20
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He seems to be a bit bigger then that, is that body length? It looks right but it seriously has about 6-8cm legs span *shudder*. And he's fat and chunky. I thought it might have been a random Brazilian Wandering Spider that fell out of a plane that passed overhead.

But I guess you are right, identical markings: http://www.almerinatura.com/galerias...spider050.html

I am still considering torching the bin.
Please don't! It will leave the bin soon - it will become too hot and bothered and will octo-walk off somewhere. It hid there from the rain I presume...
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Old 15.09.2018, 16:23
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Please don't! It will leave the bin soon - it will become too hot and bothered and will octo-walk off somewhere. It hid there from the rain I presume...
I would never harm it, if we can respectfully keep our distance
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Something to easy your mind:
- There are no spiders in Europe that can kill you.
- Unless you explicitly try to harm it, for example, by grabbing it and pinching/squeezing it, it won't bite you.

This is something I constantly tell myself to easy my spider-phobia
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Big ole beast under the bin lid today! about 6cm leg span and that toxic tropical look. Any ideas, should I just burn the bin?

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Looks like Zoropsis spinimana type. ..
It does look like that (especially now I've seen the more HD photo you posted elsewhere!). I thought it might be Areaneu Diadematus (European Garden Spider), but that's also 2cm leg span. I did see something similar yesterday when chopping down a hedge that was around the size of yours.

Edit: I did some more reading, and I've seen suggestions that 2cm is the body length, and 6cm is about right for leg span for Zoropsis spinimana.
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It does look like that. I thought it might be Areaneu Diadematus (European Garden Spider), but that's also 2cm leg span. I did see something similar yesterday when chopping down a hedge.
Diadematus are the ones which feed primarily on human earwax, right?
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Something to easy your mind:
- There are no spiders in Europe that can kill you.
- Unless you explicitly try to harm it, for example, by grabbing it and pinching/squeezing it, it won't bite you.

This is something I constantly tell myself to easy my spider-phobia
Perhaps they could be deadly if you are spider-phobic with a heart condition. Or you're spider-phobic and one crawls on your knee whilst you are driving at 120 on the Autobahn.
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Zoropsis spinimana can bite if provoked. But it won't cause more than a bit of discomfort.
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Zoropsis spinimana can bite if provoked. But it won't cause more than a bit of discomfort.
I somehow don’t find that at all reassuring

Sandgrounder, I had one of those car expierences in Australia with a giant huntsman. I wrote a post about it, but had to do something and when I got back online my token had expired
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Old 17.09.2018, 15:29
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I somehow don’t find that at all reassuring

Sandgrounder, I had one of those car expierences in Australia with a giant huntsman. I wrote a post about it, but had to do something and when I got back online my token had expired
I'm going to Australia later this year, and while I've no particular problem with spiders - some are kind of cute - I think I'll make sure I check behind the sun visor before driving off. Apparently though, a huntsman is unlikely to bite you, and even if it does it'll be a defensive nip, and won't inject venom.
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I'm going to Australia later this year, and while I've no particular problem with spiders - some are kind of cute - I think I'll make sure I check behind the sun visor before driving off. Apparently though, a huntsman is unlikely to bite you, and even if it does it'll be a defensive nip, and won't inject venom.
I had the sun visor experience too - I mentioned it in another thread.

However, you almost feel sorry for the huntsman spiders when you see them being attacked by a giant wasp (tarantula hawk) which, apparently, has the most painful sting of all insects.

I wasn't bitten by one of those but I was bitten between the toes by an ant whilst walking barefoot in the outback (don't!) which was by far the most painful sting I have ever experienced.
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Saw a huge one yesterday too!

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I actually bruised my chin like that. Spider crawled up on my shoulder, was looking back trying to knock it off and bam, faceplanted myself on a parked car

Luckily I was only with bicycle at ~10km/h so it was only a visit to the emergency room for a suture and changing the front wheel of my bike that couldn't be trued anymore.
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Anyone know what kind of spider this is?
Spotted today, Canton Zug
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