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Phillipa the Tegenaria

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Phillipathespider, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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    I am an arachnophobe - I never in a million years thought I would be posting on a spider forum, or boasting about my spider. Fluffy animals, scaly ones, slimy ones, whatever: absolutely fine - but spiders (apart from the teeny tiny money ones) are a nooo.

    Phillipa the tegenaria domestica scared the s*** out of me when she first scuttled across the floor of my room. I leapt onto the bed, made a high pitched sound I'm not entirely proud of and chucked an empty plastic grape box in her general direction in an attempt to contain such a fearsome beast.

    I then had a dilemma as, being terrified of spiders, releasing her somewhere around the house wouldn't work, because then I would know a spider was near me but not know exactly where it was, which is arguably worse than having a spider in plain sight. Nor would releasing her outside or giving her the bottom of shoe treatment work, as both would be a death sentence - and I'm not that mean. I may not like spiders, but I can respect them and their right to live (but preferably in someone else's house).

    So, in the bravest moment of my life so far, I gently cajoled her out of the grape box and into an old hopper tub I had lying around, thinking that by implementing this cunning plan, at least I'd know where the spider was at all times, and maybe I could even come to understand a bit more about them to help combat my fear. And hey, free pet!

    Phillipa, as she has been named, has made herself quite at home in the tub, with a nice little web appearing. She's already chowed down on two waxworms, which were stolen from my hamster's treat supply and bravely posted through a tiny gap in the lid. She hasn't been all that interested in mealworms. She's a very interesting creature to observe and watching her first become aware of the worms' presence and then quickly dispatching it is fascinating. They are definitely less scary when they're not running by in the corner of your eye making you jump out of your skin in the dead of night.

    The plan is to move her out of the hopper tub when I find a suitable container - I'm thinking critter keeper - and give her a more natural habitat with bark and soil and sticks. Additionally, something with taller, more sheer sides that she can't climb up would be great for my nerves.

    Anyway, I thought I would show Phillipa off on here. She's very common and nothing special, of course, but she does have quite a pretty pattern!
     
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  2. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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  3. Stugy

    Stugy Arachnobaron Active Member

    That's great! Free pet plus fear management lol. What you said you are planning to rehouse her too is probably a tegnarias dream. All they really need is a place to web and food/water :) depending on her size she might be able to escape through a critter keepers ventilation.
     
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  4. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnodemon Active Member

    What an awesome find!
     
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  5. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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    She is so cool! Huge respect for her skills.
     
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  6. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoking Active Member

    Tegenaria domestica are of peace and lovely :-s
     
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  7. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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    She's definitely not as scary as she first appeared :)
     
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  8. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoking Active Member

    True :) and they can into web that looks like waves.
     
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  9. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoking Active Member

    Among Agelenidae Tegenaria domestica are of best and in Italy they can into cellars, where you can find those gently sleeping zZzZ in the dark quiet of Summer afternoons :-s
     
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  10. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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    Wow! I never knew spiders slept. It almost makes them sound like something I wouldn't mind snoozing in my cellar!
     
  11. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoking Active Member

    Yep, when we were teens, a lot of time ago, during 'Summer Spider Days' we managed to can into an old cellar and the ceiling had T.domestica everywhere but they were on sleep (zZzZ) mode until one of our friends with a stick touched that web-ceiling and we went into full spider shower :kiss:
     
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  12. Phillipathespider

    Phillipathespider Arachnopeon

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    Oh...spider shower?! That makes me shudder just thinking about it. No thank you!! :nailbiting::D
     
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