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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby selfinflikted » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:02 pm

christianrock wrote: I was amused.


I would have been DISGUSTIPATED.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby ElectricPuppy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:15 pm

I would just like to point out that right now, here in California:

a) it's bright and sunny
b) It's going to reach 80 later this week
c) We have no snow, slush, or ice
d) None of our insects are larger than a quarter
e) You have to actually GO FIND THEM if you want to see one.

I point and laugh at your silly critters because I am safe from thems. Ha. Ha. :wave:
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby selfinflikted » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:26 pm

ElectricPuppy wrote:I would just like to point out that right now, here in California:

a) it's bright and sunny
b) It's going to reach 80 later this week
c) We have no snow, slush, or ice
d) None of our insects are larger than a quarter
e) You have to actually GO FIND THEM if you want to see one.

I point and laugh at your silly critters because I am safe from thems. Ha. Ha. :wave:


Here, it is:

a) Raining, has rained for two days straight, and will rain until tomorrow
b) In the last 4 days the temperatures have ranged from low 30's to mid 70's back and forth repeatedly
c) No snow, slush, or ice (woot!)
d) ALL OF THE INSECTS ARE HUEG
e) THEY find YOU

I cower in the corner and dream of better days. /tear
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:42 pm

Ah you're all a bunch of wusses.

We have sharks with frikkin' lasers.

Side note - went for a bushwalk on the weekend and had to pick off at least 20 leeches, if not more. for critters with no arms or legs, they sure find some way to move quickly.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby ElectricPuppy » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:12 am

selfinflikted wrote:I cower in the corner and dream of better days. /tear

There, there, son. There, there...

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby ElectricPuppy » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:12 am

BonsoWonderDog wrote:Side note - went for a bushwalk on the weekend and had to pick off at least 20 leeches, if not more. for critters with no arms or legs, they sure find some way to move quickly.

Thanks you for reminding why I won't be visiting your fair country any time soon. :eek:
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby christianrock » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:14 am

meanwhile, in australia

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby MetroSonus » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:21 am

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby selfinflikted » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:35 am

BonsoWonderDog wrote:Ah you're all a bunch of wusses.


I have never claimed otherwise! lol

BonsoWonderDog wrote:Side note - went for a bushwalk on the weekend and had to pick off at least 20 leeches, if not more. for critters with no arms or legs, they sure find some way to move quickly.


I would have fainted.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby selfinflikted » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:38 am

christianrock wrote:meanwhile, in australia

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Is that for realz?!? Surely this is 'shopped. DEAR GOD TELL ME IT'S 'SHOPPED!!
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:42 am

That's my side window.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby gregwar » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:39 am

ya back home we get wood ticks and tons of mosquitoes, plus june bugs and may flies. those are pretty gross imo. luckily they all freeze and die in the winter

when i lived in toronto i worked at a mattress place for a while doing deliveries and have seen way more than my fair share of bedbugs. it got to the point where i could identify them before going inside people's houses/apts sometimes

also people often lied or tried to hide the fact they had them out of embarrasment or whatever. if they were upfront and honest i would try to help them but if not then i'd abandon the delivery lol

i never took them home in all the years i worked there but some of my less keen co-workers did
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:56 am

Lady and Genlmums, I give you the Peckerhead Mushroom:

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Also known as the Snakehead.

And yes we eat em.

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby ClavAnother » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:23 am

It was the scorpions, tarantulas, and whiskey soaked roommates that made me decide to leave the desert.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:47 am

That sounds like the start of a Severalist thread.

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby soundwave106 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:56 pm

selfinflikted wrote:Is that for realz?!? Surely this is 'shopped. DEAR GOD TELL ME IT'S 'SHOPPED!!


That kinda looks like an orb weaver. We have them in Florida. They make HUUUGE webs in the spring. They're fairly big (not something you want falling on your hand, which happened one canoe trip to me) but not *too too* huge.

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Australia on the other hand has the hunstman spider.

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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby selfinflikted » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:03 pm

soundwave106 wrote:That kinda looks like an orb weaver. We have them in Florida. They make HUUUGE webs in the spring. They're fairly big (not something you want falling on your hand, which happened one canoe trip to me) but not *too too* huge.


I wonder if this is the same thing we have here but (locally?) call a "banana spider"? They do make HUEG webs, and the web usually has a distinctive zig zag in the middle of it. CHRIST I HAET THOSE.

soundwave106 wrote:Australia on the other hand has the hunstman spider.


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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby ClavAnother » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:54 pm

Kill it. With fire.
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby soundwave106 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:21 pm

selfinflikted wrote:I wonder if this is the same thing we have here but (locally?) call a "banana spider"?


Yeah, banana spider is the same thing as a golden silk orb weaver. It would not be fun to run into their web.

Haven't seen a golden silk orb weaver around my house, but I did catch a photo of this guy last summer.

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(That's a tropical orb weaver om nom noming on a junebug. Say what you want about scary spiders, but they are good at om nom noming other bugs.)
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Re: Bipalium Kewense

Postby christianrock » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:22 pm

Yeah we have those spiders here in Atlanta too. Huge webs. I killed 3 of them outside our house this past summer, that was the most I've ever seen in one year. Before anyone says "but why kill it", I have a 2 and a 4 year old...

Back in Brazil, when I was growing up, I used to see the hairy tarantulas all the time in our backyard and in the woods behind our house. Supposedly, they are pretty harmless but I never really tried to interact with one.

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Another thing that lived in those woods that I saw all the time, was lizards. This is exactly what they looked like:

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Of course the famous Brazilian watersnakes were all over that place, due to some standing water pool that was constantly full of rain water. It rained every day.

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One of the funniest memories I have from growing up was when the next door neighbor went to get his shotgun to kill a huge watersnake that was roaming around near his house. He fired away but missed its head...

It's pretty amazing that I wasn't bitten by anything. Since I was like 4 or 5 I was constantly playing in those woods. They had tangerine trees that used to be full of tangerines for months... and were the sweetest thing ever. Of course, also a LOT of banana trees, as in hundreds. And it was just fun to hang out there. I guess I didn't bother the critters so they didn't bother me. I knew to move away calmly and quickly once I saw something or heard something. Good times.
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