What a way to start the day!


There’s an unexpected guest! Time to give him a warm welcome….




In a perfect world I may have humanely captured the spider and freed him into the wilderness… but I am not very humane in the morning. It was a one-hit kill so don’t feel too bad.

11 thoughts on “What a way to start the day!

  1. Quick! Hide this post before Michael Turton sees it!

    All kidding aside, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has had the pleasure (read: horror) of meeting one of these guys. I wonder if I would have been less frightened first thing in the morning.

  2. I’ll remember that next time Franc. If I ever see another one I’ll be sure to call you and Michael over to help me catch it… There will be a case of beer in the refrigerator to aid the process.

  3. I’d have kept the giant spider to go after the giant cockroaches. Now that would be entertaining. It looks like a Huntsman spider from Australia, though I don’t know that much about spiders.

  4. I’d have torched it and called in a hazmat team to dispose of the ashes, but I guess just a THUACK with a shoe kills it just as much…

    How big was the thing? And, more importantly, does he have a vengeful family seeking justice??? 😉

  5. Paul, I was lucky the one hit killed it, because when after I hit it the first time I jumped so far back that he could have easily escaped by the time I got back around to striking him again. As for family members I’m yet to see any… I sure hope I don’t.

    Edit: Seems I didn’t answer your question regarding the spider’s size Paul. It’s body was about the size of half a fist… but its leg-span is what sent its WTF rating through the roof.

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  7. I saw <a href=http://picasaweb.google.com/ielainos/Thailand2007/photo#5088914208968571186″one of these guys while in Thailand (and yeah, they are Huntsman spiders), and I have to say, I like them a lot better alive than curled in the dead spider position (shudder). Poor thing…
    They do seem to lose legs easily, though, don’t they?

  8. last week Hui-chen said “look!” in a very excited tone and pointed to the biggest spider i have yet seen in Taiwan (which is saying a lot). i won’t tell you the outcome, but i will say that the spider had an even chance due to its size and speed!

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