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PostSubject: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 8:24 am

is there any cool or aggresive spiders in the uk?

also is there british tarantulas?ive asked people and some say yeah and others say nay:)


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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 8:39 am

i believe field spiders (i dont know the latin name) can be aggresive, i myself have been bitten by one. They are the biggies in your shed.

I think we also have fake blck widow spiders, although i doubt any sizeable turantulas.

I know the european scorpion lives in the uk, down south
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 8:42 am

what about wolf spiders because ive collected a intresting specimen and the way it feeds is very aggresive body length is about a 1 cm spins has spineretts also
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:02 am

Is it a turantula? im not too up on spiders, i just know british flora and fauna.
And are those the ones that will bite you if you try to handle them, little, with fat bodies?
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:04 am

i wouldnt say fat, but its olive brown?
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:24 am

no i mean plumper on the abdomen, do they have funny markings? and are they common garden spiders or do you think its rare?
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:26 am

its defo not a garden spider, the abdomen its kinda pointy ill get a opic up within the next day im kinda swamped at the minite cleaning out reps cages:)
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:49 am

the UK has a vast array of fascinating spiders!
some are probably native by naturalisation now, like Segestria florentina, which is stunning, or
Steatoda nobilis which is fun just for being a false widow.

in addition there are the Tegenaria sp that run round, and i think are underrated beauties.

we also have a Mygalomorph, Atypus afinis. it is small, and i have yet to see one! but i am looking forward to it one day Smile

as for aggressive...well i am, to put it mildly, sick to death of that word being applied to arachnids. as someone said on the BTS forum, people are aggressive, spiders are defensive.

there is a massive difference, and use of the word aggression makes me concerned that the only attraction some people have to these creatures is how "dangerous" they are, or how "hard" they will look to their friends because they keep them.

this word also fuels the irrational fear so many people have of spiders.

the reality is that spiders need to defend themselves. they will do so in a variety of ways, and some are more skittish, fast, or prone to bite than others. given respect for the animal however, most bites can be avoided. the ones that do occur under those circumstances are down to carelessness, idiocy, complacency, or just bad luck.

sorry if i sound harsh, but this is the truth.

wanting to keep spiders or scorpions for the danger factor is entirely the wrong reason.
it's like those muppets that go round with Staffies cause they make them look "tough", but in reality everyone can see they are just an idiot who doesn't deserve a dog...dogs are not fashion accessories.
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 10:08 am

no i dont wish to keep "aggresive spiders" its just a question ive wanted to ask for while,
im sorry if i wrote it in the wrong manner but i think its been misiterprted.
i think the worl i should of used was higly venoumous was more the question i was after:)

also is there tarantulas over here?
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 10:12 am

also as for the Atypus affinis. i have seen one when i went to stay in cornwall.
i did not handlle this creature because i saw its fangs. i have a fear of small spiders not tarantulas. weather this is because i dont know about them or because im truley scared i dont know. i can walk around with a tarantula on my head and not care, but if i hold a true spider im constantly watching it
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 10:16 am

im keeping a really nice tube web spider that i found in the garden wall, it made a realy nice web, is an aggressive feeder and has molted a couple of times to get to what i would call a decent size for a British spider and it looks real snazzy Smile
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 10:17 am

any pics buster?
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 10:45 am

pics will be later as i have lost the memory card adaptor thingermybob what does the thing with the computer in the speshal little slot thingy
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 2:43 pm

no, there are no theraposids native to britain. the are alot of other cool spiders though. I used to keep little Tegenaria sp.. I used to try and breed them and then realease the gravid spiders. much to my mums displeasure lol.
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/28/2009, 9:31 pm

update got an id of the spider i caught its a mouse spider:)
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/29/2009, 3:07 am

we had a lovely false widow that lived under the frog tank eating any stray crickets!
Sadly she vanished when we moved house. Im yet for another to come along and live with us
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PostSubject: Re: uk spiders   7/29/2009, 3:24 am

We dont get false widows this far north Sad
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