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    We have our fair share of spiders in the UK, nearly all are pathetic in comparison to other countries. More foreign species are coming ashore and some adjust to the climate. Over the years more and more stories are popping up, here's another.

    Catherine Coombs, 48, woke up in excruciating pain when she rolled over and was bitten by the false widow on the back of the left hand.

    The black spider, a close relative of the deadly black widow, unleashed a toxic venom which caused Mrs Coombs' hand to swell up dramatically.

    She had to be taken to hospital and surgeons operated on her three times to remove the poison and decaying flesh and prevent the venom from spreading up her arm.

    At one stage her condition was so bad doctors feared they would have to amputate her hand.

    Her body temperature plummeted as the skin infection cellulitis set in and an inflamed patch on one of her legs even sparked concerns it had spread via her heart.

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    Scientific name: Steatoda nobilis

    Size: Head and body 7 - 14mm

    Distribution: Found in most parts of England - more common in the south. Recently reported sightings were in Bristol, North Wiltshire, Gloucester, Berkshire and Norfolk

    Months seen: All year round

    Habitat: Usually found in houses and out buildings

    Food: Flies, people and other small insects


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    Looks like England is catching up to Australia....
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    I work for BT and i see these (false widow) daily in our overhead and underground structures.
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    I think the same thing is going on in Ireland to a lesser degree. The last few years these big brown buggers

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    have started to appear everywhere. They aren't poisonous I don't think and I'm not afraid of spiders but the first time I saw one it scared the bejaysus out of me. We aren't used to ones that big over here and they move so fast! *shudder*
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    I did post a list of the poisonous spiders that bite in UK a while ago - it was in reply to a post about a large spider found or seen in Scotland if I remember right.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ShellySue Click here to enlarge
    I think the same thing is going on in Ireland to a lesser degree. The last few years these big brown buggers


    have started to appear everywhere. They aren't poisonous I don't think and I'm not afraid of spiders but the first time I saw one it scared the bejaysus out of me. We aren't used to ones that big over here and they move so fast! *shudder*
    They have probably come from the UK as we've always had those one. Usually they are called the House Spider as we have so many of the damn things living with us. They get so big in summer that they almost knock at the door to come in.

    Some say they don't bite but on one occasion a fairly big one bit my brother-in-law on the leg and left a small bruise.

    They may not match other countries but as you say we aren't used to them.
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    Oh man, with spiders that like that, I may just have to cross the UK off my travel list.... yuk. Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ShellySue Click here to enlarge
    I think the same thing is going on in Ireland to a lesser degree. The last few years these big brown buggers

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    have started to appear everywhere. They aren't poisonous I don't think and I'm not afraid of spiders but the first time I saw one it scared the bejaysus out of me. We aren't used to ones that big over here and they move so fast! *shudder*
    Well I know they are not poisonous because a friend of mine decided to pick one up and eat it. (it was slightly bigger then the one pictured there)

    From what I can tell the only side effect was that the legs get stuck in your teeth and others around you feel ill.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by antstorm Click here to enlarge
    introduced spiders , This is why quarantine laws in Australia are harsher than penalties for manslaughter

    very true, in fact if you go to this web cam set up at the Museum in Melbourne you can see one of the many Tarantulas that have been intercepted by customs from people bringing them into Australia, usually headed to private collections.
    To be honest it could be a plastic spider as I've never seen it move, except for 3pm on fridays when they through a few crickets in with him, then it's like lions and christians time.
    There is a little video there of him having a feed.

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    I know this is a thread about spiders in the UK, but I thought you might be interested in these photos.
    The spider is called the Golden Orb, because it builds a very big web that shines golden in the sun light.
    It lives in the tropical north of Oz, and in fact we have a beautiful one in the back yard at the moment, they aren't poisonous.

    The first picture is just of the spider.
    The second of some nut case, not me I'm a different nut case, with one.
    The third of one that has trapped a small bird in the web and is eating it.
    And the third only happened in Cairns, near where I live, a few days ago, of one that has trapped a green tree snake in it's web and is having the feast of it's life.

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    I swear that thing looks like it has acid for blood and lays eggs in your chest.

    Of course being Oz there is probably something 100 times worse under the next rock Click here to enlarge
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    If you look closely at the top picture you'll see in the top right corner what looks like a little orange dot, that's the male spider.
    He has to run in do the business and try to run out without being lunch.
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    Spiders may be poisonous if you eat them.I assume you are talking about venomous.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by robledillo Click here to enlarge
    Spiders may be poisonous if you eat them.I assume you are talking about venomous.
    Yes correct, we have many venomous spiders but that one isn't one of them.
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    It seems that I'd best lock my doors and never leave my house again!Click here to enlarge
    Too many spiders!

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    Aww, they're cute .............. even Mrs. Fring loves the Golden Orbs, in fact she's pretty good with most spiders, she's not so good with snakes.
    I've worked at a couple of Wildlife places where I had to handle snakes, but not the poisonous ones I must admit.

    Siomi if you remember some time back I told you what I'm scared of, and it wasn't spiders, snakes, or crocs, I wont mention here because it's totally irrational Click here to enlarge
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    Is it slaughterhouses?

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    Haha, no but I'm not big on that stuff I must admit.
    Siomi also had a bit of a phobia about the same thing, I'm not saying anything, but if she wants to embarrass the both of us ... well so be it Click here to enlarge
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    Hmm something odd that both Cows and Ducks are afraid of ... Oooh I got it.

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    muahahahahaha........but no........Click here to enlarge

    and I'll go with no comment, thank you very much!

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    Haha, gotta watch them farmers with wellies Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by siomibaby Click here to enlarge
    muahahahahaha........but no........Click here to enlarge

    and I'll go with no comment, thank you very much!
    good, we'd never live it down
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    That and I'm having a bought of amnesia Click here to enlarge
    My brains have gone south and have been stolen.Click here to enlarge

    It's all this talk of spiders.....Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Diablos444 Click here to enlarge
    Well I know they are not poisonous because a friend of mine decided to pick one up and eat it. (it was slightly bigger then the one pictured there)

    From what I can tell the only side effect was that the legs get stuck in your teeth and others around you feel ill.
    Oh dear lord please tell me he was drunk! Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ShellySue Click here to enlarge
    Oh dear lord please tell me he was drunk! Click here to enlarge
    But of course ... he did it on a bet but he made the bet after he ate the spider so he basically ate a spider for no reason .. well bar being drunk Click here to enlarge
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