Had the yard cut back yesterday. All undergrowth down to the dirt. Found three holes where somebody has been kicking dirt, all within 2-3 meters of where Mom had her babies. No webbing visible yet. Fingers crossed.
The forehead flattening crowd vs the statistician. The response to the thought of 10 or 15 of the 'sida yai' big blacks always elicits the 'aren't you worried/concerned/dicing/terrorized?' by nearly everyone. (My stock response to 'aren't they poisonous' is I don't eat them).
So run the stats. How often do I go out in the yard barefoot or poke my fingers down the holes? Never. Odds are now in my favor 1,000,000 to 1 against getting chomped. Barefoot at night? RUserious? 10,000,000 to 1. One of them charging out of the hole, climbing up my bod, finding bare skin and chomping: 100,000,000 to 1. Me accidentally stepping on Cheech some unfortunate evening: ~1 in 200?
"No honeybunchers, my concern is in the other direction."
If the general interest runs that people want to see pictures of holes I'll consider taking a few.
Okay... so holes. Inventory time. Looks like about 15 that have been doing up to date housekeeping. The yard might get a little comical in a few months. Put in some little fences to keep the guys from duking it out?
All the holes pictured have had a typical pattern of dirt kicked out but the loose dirt has no evidence of traffic that a rodent, snake or bug would make.
Gravity sucks (The hole goes straight down)
BHOA Beverly Hills Over Achiever
Serena (She had a huge tennis ball colored seed pod in her hole)