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  • Can anybody identify this critter?
  • i’m no expert, but after extensive research i feel pretty confident in saying it’s some kind of rodent.

    taka
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    its a false widow (Steatoda nobilis) and they supposedly bite

    chojin
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    I found it in the house earlier this evening and thought it looked pretty distinctive!

    lucien
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    Chojin, where do you live? Hopefully not that close to me – I hate spiders and that one looks grim!

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    I think it may be a spider πŸ™‚

    You are most welcome πŸ˜€

    Cheers, Rich

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    Looks like an otter to me.

    skiboy
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    Yep that’s a baby Robin

    matther01
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    False Widow – venomous and can cause nasty bites.

    Seem to be found in the South of England regularly…if you’re anywhere near Brum let me know…and I’ll move!

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    <70s>That’s my mother in law. Could you pop her on a train back to ours. Thanks<\70s>

    chojin
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    Brilliant.

    So we have a baby rodent-robin-widow-spider 😐

    Um… This doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence as there might be more!!! (Baby rodent-robin-widow-spiders hunt in packs, right?)
    I live in Southampton by the way…

    Premier Icon cloudnine
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    It’s a rare gremelin spider. Don’t let it near water and whatever you do don’t feed It after midnight.

    Premier Icon huckleberryfatt
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    Is it two horses standing next to each other?
    Or it could be a false widowβ€”best to burn your house down just to be on the safe side

    GolfChick
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    No idea what sort of spider it is but im afraid if it was me I’d be doing a ‘whats a dead one of these’ threads!

    lucien
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    Brilliant.

    So we have a baby rodent-robin-widow-spider

    Um… This doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence as there might be more!!! (Baby rodent-robin-widow-spiders hunt in packs, right?)
    I live in Southampton by the way…

    Oh no, so do I – time to lock windows and doors, check cupboards, plug holes etc

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    Some night-time viewing for you?

    chojin
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    Lucien – I sent it for a swim, so it might very well pop up in your bath later on.

    The damn thing was in the bedroom, I hardly slept a wink :/

    mikertroid
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    They tend to mass breed, so you’ve located the tip of the iceberg. Your mattress is probably one big colony.

    Premier Icon 40mpg
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    I live in Southampton by the way…

    😯 Please tell me you’re East of the river 😯

    Premier Icon stevied
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    Please tell me you’re East of the river

    Spiders can swim you know… πŸ˜†

    chojin
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    West as it happens! (Rownhams)

    Tip of the iceberg? I bloody hope not. I was poking at it a lot before I knew what it was, its probably called all its mates round for backup/retaliation.

    Will I die?

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    that’s it, i’m moving to iceland.

    (they haven’t got deadly spiders there, right?)

    soma_rich
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    Nasty things used to get them in my old flat all the time, apparently they like UPVC conservatories (Well some had to).

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9541211.Dad_collapses_after_bite_by_UK_s_most_venomous_spider/

    waldo1
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    Definitely Looks like my missis, or cheezpleez’s mother in law.
    Maybe they’re one and the same?

    natrix
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    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/false-widow-spider-warning.shtml

    Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as the media make out..

    lucien
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    Dan wrote:

    West as it happens! (Rownhams)
    Tip of the iceberg? I bloody hope not. I was poking at it a lot before I knew what it was, its probably called all its mates round for backup/retaliation.
    Will I die?

    My house is less than 5 miles away, if said spider walks at say 2mph, he could be here by late afternoon 😯 😯 – fark!

    If it balloons and the wind is right it could be there now.

    Can you hear it

    it’s there……………

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    A stoat perhaps?

    AdamW
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    Elephant. Definitely elephant. Small one, mind, but its usual for this time of year.

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    If you don’t look like a fly I wouldn’t worry. πŸ™‚

    Just escort off the premises.

    her name is Shelob

    nicko74
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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vbd3E6tK2U&feature=player_detailpage[/video]
    Seems appropriate.

    Two elephants mating, far away, I reckon

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    Edit – couldn’t see above!

    OCB
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    I have ‘a number’ of them in my conservatory – they don’t bother me, I don’t bother them, and we all get on fine.

    They are shy spiders, and don’t have great vision, so bites on humans will almost certainly only occur in response to an immediate, direct threat. They are not aggressive either, and ‘mine’ all run back into their funnels if the vibrations on the web are clearly something bigger than they are happy dealing with (like a large, angry bee ripping the web apart as it crashes it’s way through it).

    They do make impressively strong sticky webs, and mine aren’t especially good at cleaning up, so unless I do it, the husks and rinds of carcasses hang about for ages. I’ve had a few hatching’s, but most of the spiderlings seem to get eaten by the cellar spiders (Pholcus phalangioides)I have pretty much everywhere tho’ 😯

    I actually rather like them as spiders go … I do carefully relocate any from inside the house to the conservatory however, as inside they are more likely to get squashed by something. Spiders generally take a crazy amount of flies – so they are very useful to have around.

    S nobilis are becoming more and more common along the south coast – the UK radiation is speculatively linked to Torquay, from some time in the late 1800’s.

    Severe reactions to bites are reported in the literature, but in most cases of severe reaction the species isn’t clearly enough identified, and in some cases there is an underlying condition too.

    Almost all UK spiders are venomous, most simply lack the grunt to puncture human skin. The Steatoda aren’t a that big a genus, but you might well find S grossa and S bipunctata around too, (both superficially similar’ish looking, with very similar behaviors).

    Dysdera crocata – the ‘woodlouse spider’ is physically able to bite humans too (but again, really only in response to direct threat) – I can’t recall it ever being written up as being medically significant tho’.

    Spiders are great!

    Saccades
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    millions in my shed, which is on the same latitude as manchester..

    n wexford btw.

    Euro
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    Very thoughtful of God to put a skull emblem on the abdomen.

    nicko74
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    Nah, that one got its mates to do it for it. “I’ll look proper gnarly with a skull on. Ah Dave, you’ve done it crooked!”

    seavers
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    Fools the lot of you. It’s a dog wearing a miniature top hat shot with a wide angle lens.

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    I live in Southampton by the way…

    Not for long

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    We’re 20 miles east of you and have lots of them. That looks like the one I dropped of at the docks yesterday. He assured me he would stop eating the neighbors if I could drop him off for his European cruise. Lying git. He’s clearly just planning on eating the entire population of Rownhams then I guess will head west to the new forest for some cattle.

    Edit did I mention he has a filthy temper? .

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    I found this one when I was wheeling out the recycle bin. Can anyone tell me what kind of baby robin it is? πŸ˜‰

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    OP seen that before – very familiar to me! It’s my mate Graham. He’s a good lad but sometimes a bit easily led – which can cause a bit of bother.

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    Euro – Member
    Very thoughtful of God to put a skull emblem on the abdomen.

    And most people here scoff at the ‘rightness’ and truth of Intelligent Design. I rest my case!

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    The one in the white bowl is Bruennichi’s Argiope.

    Linky

    List of biting spiders from Natural History Museum Website

    longmover
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    I red backs in my garage during the summer, luckily they hang around by the garage doors and nowhere else.

    gonzy
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    OP….you need to send that critter back to Klendathu!!

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