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Meet the Tarantula as Big as Your Face
Discovery News ^ | 4-5-2013 | Marc Lallanilla

Posted on 04/07/2013 4:49:54 AM PDT by Renfield

It's big, it's hairy, and it's venomous.

The newest spider to give arachnophobes the willies, a tarantula named Poecilotheria rajaei has been discovered on the island nation of Sri Lanka.

With a leg span of 8 inches (20 centimeters) and enough venom to kill mice, lizards, small birds and snakes, according to Sky News, the crawler is covered in subtle markings of gray, pink and daffodil yellow.

"It can be quite attractive, unless spiders freak you out," Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society journal, told the New York Daily News.

Even the scientists studying the spiders admit to being a little freaked out by its size: "It was slightly smaller than the size of the plate we have dinner on," Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity Education and Research, told the Daily News....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: arachnophobes; arachnophobia; cryptobiology; poecilotheriarajaei; science; spiders; srilanka; tarantula

1 posted on 04/07/2013 4:49:55 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

It needs something like a quarter next to it to show its size. Otherwise, it could be just a small spider with the camera zoomed in!


2 posted on 04/07/2013 4:56:03 AM PDT by MNDude (I survived the sequester!)
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To: Renfield

3 posted on 04/07/2013 4:57:47 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Renfield

Awesome!!!


4 posted on 04/07/2013 4:58:29 AM PDT by District13 (Obama scares me)
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To: Renfield

Very beautiful creature. Appears to have 10 legs, plus the fangs.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 5:06:46 AM PDT by wita
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To: Renfield; mickie
A scary, creepy, crawly tarantula of the genus Poecilotheria has a name that is very apro-poe.....almost as apro-poe as the screen name of the poster of this thread, LOL.

Leni

6 posted on 04/07/2013 5:08:00 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Renfield
itsy.. bitsy.. spider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qee0Gmr9XJU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

7 posted on 04/07/2013 5:21:48 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

That’s an actual photo of the event. I was there! I am the second guy from the left!


8 posted on 04/07/2013 5:22:28 AM PDT by Castigar
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To: Renfield
"It's big, it's hairy, and it's venomous."

My ex wife?

CC

9 posted on 04/07/2013 5:24:52 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Hey liberals, what part of "unalienable" don't you understand?)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
The first scary flic I ever saw.

The opening scene with a pajama'd man staggering in the desert, sunburned and disfigured, was the first "shock" I had ever experienced.

The camera slowly closed in on the man staggering, then he fell .. (face down, I think) .. and he slowly rolled over ...

Leo G Carrol, I think.

10 posted on 04/07/2013 5:28:58 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Renfield

“With a leg span of 8 inches (20 centimeters) “

8”? Is that all? Down in the Big Bend (Texas) this would be a pup! Down there, these critters get about the size of trash can lids and that’s just the runts, lol :)


11 posted on 04/07/2013 5:35:33 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Renfield

12 posted on 04/07/2013 5:35:40 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Renfield; MinuteGal; Celtic Conservative; Castigar; knarf
a tarantula named Poecilotheria rajaei has been discovered on the island nation of Sri Lanka.

But not as terrifying as...

the Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka!!

13 posted on 04/07/2013 5:36:30 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: knarf

Same here....I was about 6 years old, as I recall, and it was on KTLA (Los Angeles) one Sunday afternoon.

Surprisingly, I didn’t end up arachnophobic, LOL!

Yes, I do believe that was Leo G. Carrol. Great film; a classic.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 5:38:25 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Old Sarge

15 posted on 04/07/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Old Sarge

16 posted on 04/07/2013 6:17:30 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Renfield
The Costa Rica Chicken-eating Spider:


17 posted on 04/07/2013 6:24:25 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Renfield

18 posted on 04/07/2013 6:36:35 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I may be wrong but their was a small scene actor, a police courier on a motorcycle that was sent out, spider killed him.

Anyone care to speculate who that actor was?

Initials are C E.

I may be wrong but its just a bit of trivia.


19 posted on 04/07/2013 6:38:23 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: Eye of Unk

Clint Eastwood


20 posted on 04/07/2013 6:50:45 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: HerrBlucher

Yep, I think it was one of his first film roles, was like 19 or so I think.


21 posted on 04/07/2013 6:52:39 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: HerrBlucher

Clint Eastwood was the pilot in p-80 @ end of the flick...first named role.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 7:01:59 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Eye of Unk

And then there was “Stephen McQueen” in his first role in “The Blob”! LOL!

I guess everybody has to start SOMEWHERE! :-)


23 posted on 04/07/2013 7:03:16 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Eye of Unk

older, he also (reputed) starred w/ Francis; the talkin’/football-kicking mule


24 posted on 04/07/2013 7:05:46 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Daffynition

small.. they’re bigger in TX. :-D


25 posted on 04/07/2013 7:07:26 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Celtic Conservative

—”It’s big, it’s hairy, and it’s venomous.” —

hee-hee Maybe a fella has to live through it to really appreciate it but that was right on the mark. Fortunately, 28 years later, one can laugh and reflect back on the experience and recognize the humor of the situation.
Appreciate your wit.


26 posted on 04/07/2013 7:14:17 AM PDT by benasawin
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To: Renfield
Guess they've never been to Australia.

 photo let_me_think_about_itum_still_no_64_zps5d036f75.jpg photo BIGASSSPIDER.jpg photo morning_picdump_283_640_37.jpg

27 posted on 04/07/2013 7:22:11 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Renfield; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

(Thanks Renfield.)


28 posted on 04/07/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: miliantnutcase

29 posted on 04/07/2013 7:44:42 AM PDT by BushCountry (What does it matter now!!)
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To: MinuteGal

apro-poe

***
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore!”


30 posted on 04/07/2013 7:47:58 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Renfield

31 posted on 04/07/2013 7:58:35 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: BushCountry

32 posted on 04/07/2013 7:59:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: left that other site

I just watched an old episode of “Tales of Wells Fargo” Steve McQueen was in. The credits said introducing Steve McQueen.


33 posted on 04/07/2013 8:52:58 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Renfield
"It's big, it's hairy, and it's venomous. "

Hillary?

34 posted on 04/07/2013 8:53:47 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: antisocial

That must be when he was Introduced as “Steve” rather than “Stephen”! LOL :-)


35 posted on 04/07/2013 9:11:46 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Renfield

"A tarantula!"

36 posted on 04/07/2013 9:30:57 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Renfield; All
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37 posted on 04/07/2013 9:43:00 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: BushCountry

Great movie, even better author.


38 posted on 04/07/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: benasawin
Thank you, i'm here all week, don't forget to tip your waitstaff.

CC

39 posted on 04/07/2013 10:44:38 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Hey liberals, what part of "unalienable" don't you understand?)
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To: MNDude
It needs something like a quarter next to it to show its size.

They tried. It ate the quarter.

(Actually, my first thought as well...)

40 posted on 04/07/2013 10:46:07 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Time to try and nuke him!


41 posted on 04/07/2013 10:52:18 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Renfield

“It’s big, it’s hairy, and it’s venomous.”

Senator, what a nice outfit.


42 posted on 04/07/2013 2:18:02 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

PACKERS WON THE SUPER BOWL..WOO HOO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwjljzW95zA


43 posted on 04/07/2013 2:21:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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