Tonight I passed yet another Aussie milestone – I saw my first Huntsman!
The Bloke was calmly destroying a chicken so he could make his sangers for work and I was going on about my latest writing project when…
“So, I looked on the website and the only specification they gave was – Holy shit! That’s a huge spider!” (Forgive the language; I was startled.)
Just past The Bloke under the kitchen window (well within his arm’s reach) a big ol’ spider was happily hanging out. He said, “Oh, it’s a Huntsman.”
For those of you not familiar with the Huntsman… http://www.australianfauna.com/huntsmanspider.php
My combination fear/fascination gave way to excitement as I raced around to find the camera. (Because things that frighten me take second place to my important Australian moments, of course. Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen when I come across a Tiger Snake http://www.australianfauna.com/tigersnake.php .)
The Bloke assured me the one we had was “just a boy” and that they got bigger, but the one we had was more than enough spider for me, thank you very much. I refused, at first, to get close enough to move things for a decent picture, but he had no problem. And eventually – making sure the thing couldn’t jump at me – I got close enough to take a good look and a comparison picture.
(The spoon pictured is a teaspoon.)
So there you have it! One more Aussie milestone for my ‘book’.