Aug 17, 2007

This is one of my worst nightmares...



From Comcast News:

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. - An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it.

"This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

He said the spider is aggressive and can jump 3 feet and bite with its large fangs. The bites are dangerous to humans.

The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body 5 inches long that is covered in orange hair. Male baboon spiders can have a leg span of about 8 inches, and the female is even larger.

Gross said he was glad the owner, whose name was not released, called the SPCA instead of dumping the spider.

"This spider is so aggressive, it will bite you just to bite you," he said. "It's not a pet you want to cuddle up with at night."

Baboon spiders have a life span of up to 25 years, are native to southern Africa and spend most of their time near their nests, which are usually holes in the ground.

The SPCA took the spider to a sanctuary for reptiles and other animals.

11 comments:

  1. Oh, hell no! No way!

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  2. So...They can tell the difference between their asses and a hole in the ground?

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  3. I was checking in because you have been popping up in my head for the last few days, and this is what I get to see. eeewwwww! I hate spiders.

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  4. Kirby: You could have one, and call it Mr Cuddles.

    Grant: They sure can! But, not their owners.

    Cheer: Glad to see you are OK. Miss you over at your site, and why am I popping into your head with Mr. Washboard Abs keeping you company? ;^)

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  5. I sincerely hope the SPCA took that spider to the "farm" so it can "play outside" with all of the other spiders.

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  6. great gibbering Christ-sickles!! th' fucker is the size of a dinner plate, can JUMP from the ground to your FACE and it lives for a quarter of a century?!?

    Can I use this in a God Talk, somehow?? One of those, "if He loves us so damned much, why did he create THIS thing?" sorta deal??

    ::shudder::

    He probably gave it 'way 'cuz he was too scared to actually try to squarsh the thing... Better question, tho, is what the hell was he doing with it in th' 1st place??

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  7. Anonymous12:39 AM

    He should have done a test to see how good Raid really is. Rescue? WTF? Bye, bye spidey.

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  8. "He will bite you just to bite you."

    Um. Yeah. It's a tarantula dude. It's what they do. Especially to morons.

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  9. TIOP: Free range spider, I like it! Thanks for dropping by.

    BO: I have the feeling that you can turn almost any subject into god talk. Hey! That's an idea, what can't BO turn into God talk!

    Anon: Yeah, I think I am going chemical warfare on it's ass.

    GKL: I didn't know tarantulas came with moron sensors, that's pretty cool!

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  10. All things dull and ugly,
    All creatures short and squat,
    All things rude and nasty,
    The Lord God made the lot.

    Each little snake that poisons,
    Each little wasp that stings,
    He made their brutish venom.
    He made their horrid wings.

    All things sick and cancerous,
    All evil great and small,
    All things foul and dangerous,
    The Lord God made them all.

    Each nasty little hornet,
    Each beastly little squid--
    Who made the spikey urchin?
    Who made the sharks? He did!

    All things scabbed and ulcerous,
    All pox both great and small,
    Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
    The Lord God made them all.

    Amen.


    ---Monty Python

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  11. EEEEEWWWWWWWW!!!!! totally skeeved out man!!! GROSSS!!!!

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