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Verdeboy
07-22-2007, 10:07 PM
How would you like to step on this guy with your bare feet in the middle of the night? Luckily I saw him come in the door when I was airing out my apartment.

He's a 5 inch long arachnid that looks exactly like a scorpion. He's called a Giant Vinegaroon because he defends himself by squirting acetic acid. By the time I caught him, my whole apartment smelled like vinegar.

CHH
07-22-2007, 11:34 PM
Sheesh! What part of the country do you find those beasties? Nothing around here but the common browns...

Verdeboy
07-23-2007, 09:43 AM
You find them in SW Texas and SW NM. They're actually quite docile and make good pets--or so I'm I'm told.

FloridaOrange
07-23-2007, 10:10 AM
In Florida I've seen some pretty big ugly bugs. Suprised me that when we went to Tenessee for a vacation they had f'n HUGE scorpions.

speedbump
07-23-2007, 10:37 AM
Yeah, same here. I've never seen one of those. But we do have the Brown Recluse which I hope I can stay away from.

FloridaOrange
07-23-2007, 11:44 AM
Yeah, same here. I've never seen one of those. But we do have the Brown Recluse which I hope I can stay away from.

One day when I was younger I was weeding my neighbor's flowerbed. I had just seen a brown recluse scurry under a peice of wood and was watching out for a black widow that was nested nearby when I got stung by a wood scorpion. Though the least dangerous of the 3, the bite sucked. I could feel the venom running up my arm - that was scary.

CHH
07-23-2007, 11:51 AM
One day when I was younger I was weeding my neighbor's flowerbed. I had just seen a brown recluse scurry under a peice of wood and was watching out for a black widow that was nested nearby when I got stung by a wood scorpion. Though the least dangerous of the 3, the bite sucked. I could feel the venom running up my arm - that was scary.

Are you suggesting that arachnids conduct coordinated inter-species attacks on humans? Is it time for a holy war against the arachnid terrorists?:D

speedbump
07-23-2007, 11:55 AM
The closest I have been to a Scorpion was carrying in fire wood. It was cold enough that day to put him into hybernation. I was setting the last log on the mantle when something fell off the log into my hand. I looked down and I was holding one that was starting to wake up. He went into the fire in a hurry.

Black Widow's are everywhere around here, but I'll take one of them any day over the Recluse.

FloridaOrange
07-23-2007, 11:59 AM
Are you suggesting that arachnids conduct coordinated attacks on humans? Is it time for a holy war against the arachnid terrorists?:D

They must've recognized the weakness in a well-intentioned 13 year old. :D
No weakness now, I just squash them on site!


Black Widow's are everywhere around here, but I'll take one of them any day over the Recluse.

We seem to have a load of brown widows around here, along with the black ones. The only scorpions I've seen down here are pretty small, usually smaller than a quarter. The one's up in TN were like 6" long! :eek:

molo
07-23-2007, 08:00 PM
The benefits of living in 9 cold, dark, dismal, and dreary months..... very few small predators survive, so you'll live to see another 9 cold, dark, dismal, and dreary months.