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Scorpion spider- outside our front door!

While we have several species of tarantula, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, huge (poisonous) centipedes, scorpions and other interesting creatures around our house, this is the first time I've seen a scorpion spider in the wild. It has antennae and "claws" pulled up to it's front. The main body is about 3/4" (19 mm) long. They are completely harmless, but scary looking nonetheless. Happy early Halloween!

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Comment by Dayna Griego on January 21, 2013 at 21:53

Yikes!  Is that a vinagaroon?  Here in SW New Mexico we have something that looks like that but bigger....harmless too!

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on September 17, 2012 at 21:37

Surprisingly enough, I used to love Native American things, but once my family moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Tucson, Arizona, I completely lost ALL interest.  I have a couple of pieces that were given to me by my grandmother, but otherwise I don't collect or know much.  I can generally tell the styles of some tribes, but there is so much innovation and focus on individual artisans versus traditional, ethnic work, that lines can be fuzzy.  Old pawn and pieces made with old coins are generally genuine pieces made for tribal use, but not always.  I *can* tell you that the "naja" central pendant found on traditional Navajo "squash blossom" necklaces originally came from North Africa!  At heart I'm an "old world" girl!

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on September 17, 2012 at 20:56

Too bad we did not know each other better back them; we would have had you over for lunch/ dinner and a jewelry show :-)

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on September 17, 2012 at 18:59

We live in the natural desert and there are many creatures- lots of them poisonous!  This is called a scorpion spider because it imitates a scorpion with its psuedo claws in front.  This is an evolutionary adaptation so that it appears to be a scorpion and thus dangerous and poisonous, so that predators will stay away from it.  We have many snakes and spiders and insects that mimic truly poisonous creatures.  It's quite amazing!

Comment by Eva Baby on September 17, 2012 at 18:26

 

if they are harmless, I am quite content for you... why is it named scorpion spider? I used to live with many animals in Thailand..... in a private Thai house with garden at a Klong.... for more than one year. I can tell you, there I really learnt about animals .... at night no access to the water because the rats came out, when Bangkok was flooded (every year once several weeks), the rats swam in the street and we had to walk through the water.... once we could not use the toilet several days because of a snake in there, and the termites ate all my books from inside (not to be seen until it was too late), everyhwere cockroaches....... but there were also many beautiful aspects, (wonderful flowers, wonderful fruit, and plants, etc.). This was in Bangkok Yai, on the other side of the Chao Phya river...... a wonderful experience... I just thought of it, when I saw this spider...

Comment by ait ouakli on September 17, 2012 at 8:40

it is then not bowring where you live, no shoes outside, no bags, no boxes .... at least you watch verry carefuly before using. it is for sure interesting for you but in the same time a bit so scary.

if you follow same rules, you will get used to it. no with the changing of the envoronnement, we have some animals and insects in area where not supposed to be.

enjoy your new neighbors and ofcourse,  Take care :-)

Comment by SARAH CORBETT on September 17, 2012 at 7:06

wow what a beastie!

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