Christine, Wondering

Random Musings of a Human Becoming

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Retrospective shudders

Years and years ago - just under 8 years ago in fact - I excavated a live spider during my very first excavation as an archaeology student. It was a big one, about 5cm long, and I've never seen one like it, before or since.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a book on the flora and fauna of WA, and it had a section on spiders, which mentioned the mouse spider. It turns out that the spider I excavated - the spider that latched onto my little trowel as I scraped it across its burrow, mere centimetres from my hand - was a female mouse spider, the most venomous spider in Western Australia.

Now I have this horrible creepy feeling all over :-/

This is a mouse spider, and about life size too, at least on my monitor:

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. . . uuugh . . .


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