Wanna go to Australia but I fricking hate spiders.

Wanna go to Australia but I fricking hate spiders. Is the spider thing just a meme or is it actually an issue you will come across in the country?

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    It won't come up if you stay in a nice hotel and only visit urban areas.
    If you visit nature spots or stay in any older buildings, be prepared to encounter a good amount of (mostly harmless) spiders.
    You will not be in any actual danger (antivenom is readily available) but big MFs like in your picture are not uncommon and will be hell if you have a phobia.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP, but do Australians have arachnophobia bred out of them, or do some of you poor sods have it regardless?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Everyone's at least a little afraid of spiders. But I guess people who are taught how to avoid black widows from age 5 might be a little less scared than most.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Spider in the pic is actually a good one (huntsman). They kill everything that causes problems for humans - vermin, pests, snakes, some large insects, etc.

        They never harm humans (not even capable).

        An Australian would never kill it, we put it in a big jar or something with a paper sheet and let it outside to hunt in the yard.

        It's literally a FREE exterminator.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          It won't come up if you stay in a nice hotel and only visit urban areas.
          If you visit nature spots or stay in any older buildings, be prepared to encounter a good amount of (mostly harmless) spiders.
          You will not be in any actual danger (antivenom is readily available) but big MFs like in your picture are not uncommon and will be hell if you have a phobia.

          t.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          I hate spiders so much I'd actually fire a gun inside my own house to kill it. That thing is the size of a dinner plate

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            I've done this twice. Got holes in my floor to the crawlspace

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Anon, those holes are going to let More Spiders into your House

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                Forgot about this thread

                Nah i used great stuff to fill the holes

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          I get that they are objectively helpful, and I understand that they can’t hurt you. But I just can’t get over every fiber of my being telling me to burn the entire house down if I see one of those. When I was a kid I saw a frick huge spider in my shower so I ran naked down the street to the neighbor girls house to use her shower. I really really don’t like spiders.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            Did it ever occur to you that the spider was trying to get you laid? Spiders are bro tier like that

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          > put it in a big jar and shut it in with paper
          anon, that spider is bigger than any jar and can punch through flimsy paper like it's nothing

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          how the frick do you even catch something that big??

          Fricking hell, I'd run as fast I could!

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          >they do it for free

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, but don't they shit in your house?

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            >my house is full of spider shit!

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          >They kill (...) snakes
          They fricking what?!
          >AYOWJY

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          You need a big jar to catch it though. Gifrel.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          stfu, spidey hands

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous
        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          how do they taste?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        >do Australians have arachnophobia bred out of them
        You can't just squash a phobia like that, but you can get a bit better. Since I moved right next to the bush, which is spider fricking city, 12 years ago I've been able to learn to handle spiders better and kill them in glorious battle instead of acting like a useless girl. But I still can't ignore them.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          >right next to the bush
          Yeah? How’s your new place in Liverpool?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        >Is the spider thing just a meme
        You'll be fine as a tourist. You'll only find dangerous/scary spiders if you go looking for them (like any dangerous wildlife).

        >Do Australians have arachnophobia?
        I'm Aussie and I'd say I do. You won't catch me 10ft near a huntsman. Those things are fricked. But little garden spiders and even the occasional white tail I'll take outside because they're quite common to find inside and I feel bad for the little fellas. Anything else that's big and poisonous like a redback is getting killed via bug spray unless it's just chilling in a corner in the shed or garage.

        Daddy Long Legs are our bros though and always get to hang around (though they're technically not spiders). Wish I could have a hundred of them in my house.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      What do you even do in the situation like in the OP pic?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Spray it with bug spray if you're a b***h, otherwise hit with a shoe. Don't be a sook

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Shotgun

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    It's a meme.
    They're here but it's not like you see them every day.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      I live in Sydney and I see a huge huntsman maybe once a week. Not a big deal, but if one really hates spiders it could be a deal-breaker.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        >once a week
        Holy shit. I'm really afraid of those monsters. I think I'll wait a few years before I visit Australia.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          >once a week
          Anon I don’t wanna have to confront a fricking huntsman in my Novotel

          Huntsman are harmless. They avoid humans and don't bite. I don't think they're venomous - mostly because I've never heard of them ever biting someone. Most people leave them be and they leave on their own time. Whiny girls get their boyfriends to kill them, which is easy enough with a shoe or something.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        >once a week
        Anon I don’t wanna have to confront a fricking huntsman in my Novotel

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          I don't know what to tell you. It's an extremely common animal that can climb walls and fit through crevices. If you're in the same country as them, you will see one eventually.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Because it's been raining so much. They usually come inside when it's wet out and then leave when things dry.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >it's not like you see them every day.
      No but you see them every single night.

      Go outside. Hold a torch near your face and shine it at the grass. Almost every shining spot you see is a spider looking back at you. There will be hundreds.

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    they show up more indoors in summer when it's way too fricken hot anyway, just visit during spring or autumn

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    go to new zealand instead

  5. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    How are they up in FNQ? starting a backpacking trip there soon

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Bugs are typically worse I'm tropical climates.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Fair enough, guess I could have thought of that for five seconds

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          From what I understand it's the wienerroaches which will creep you out. Giant beasts that get into everything.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            Im not too creeped out by wienerroaches as long as they aren't physically on me. As long as they arent given enough time to make themselves at home and shit everywhere they're harmless, as far as I know

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Make sure you close your tent zip

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                jesus

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2023-01-04/wienerroach-crawls-into-campers-ear-what-to-do/101824778

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                Fricking hell why did evolutionary isolationism create just absolute monsters

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                Make sure you close your Trouser zip.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                tie your foreskin shut too just to be safe

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                In southern Thailand right now and just saw one about this size in my hotel room. I killed with a shoe.

  6. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    No one has died from a spiderbite in Australia for decades, it's a meme, if you get bitten just get to a hospital within 24 hours for some antivenom otherwise it can cause tissue damage.
    Now go drunkenly swim in the harmless ocean you dumb fricking tourists.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      I straight up don’t believe you, I think you are lying and i think you might in fact be a spider. Or a shark

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        > hairy pedipalps typed this post
        I'm completely honest. Australian spiders are fricking harmless even if you do get bitten, you don't even need to rush for the antivenom, the general advice is to see a doctor within 24 hours and get the shot as a precaution.
        The real thing that kills tourists is the ocean, Australian beaches have brutal rips that will suck you out to sea and unless you know how to deal with being caught in one, people will usually start panic and overexert themselves.
        The c**ts who meme about dangerous Aussie animals are dying every single week thinking they are going for a quick dip at the beach.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          drowning is probably not fun. also stingrays and sharks

  7. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I live in Melbourne and I have never seen a spider that size or even close to that size. Sydney you might but Melbourne is mostly large and poisonous spider free. I've only seen a few redbacks and they are tiny. We also don't have black widows in Melbourne.

  8. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    lots of pro spider posts in this thread... hmmmm

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Really gets the noggin' joggin'

  9. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    What about snake encounters?
    That's the real shit

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Much rarer. I see a big spider maybe once a week, and a snake maybe once a year.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      You'll never see a snake unless you live rural.
      You'll be lucky to even find one walking around bush in summer. Most of the time you'll see them slithering across roads.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Depends where you are. As always the more north you are the more likely it is. I live in SE Queensland in semi rural suburbia and I see carpet pythons around my house a few times a year. Pretty harmless though

  10. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    There is an abo tribe deep
    In the outback of SA, that uses a spider to bite their wiener.
    The initial bite is agonising and you have about a 25% chance of dying.
    However within the day your wiener will swell like an eggplant.
    It is important to not move the wiener much during this phase, firstly it’s extremely painful and secondly the wiener needs to ‘set’
    After 3 months of eye watering pain, the pain will subside but the swelling stays and you end up with a fully working wiener double the size.
    Keep in mind a quarter of abo men who do this die.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Need more data on this

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        I did something similar jerking off on speed for almost 24 hours straight. Separated the layers of skin on my dick and it swelled up like a water balloon, full of blood. Noticed when I went to piss in the morning and it swung out and hit the doorframe, hurt like a b***h. I was terrified that it might just pop or something. Also my elbow really hurt lol

        But 2-3 days later it healed up just fine, except slightly larger than before, both length and girth. Maybe a 1/2" to 1" gain in both areas. Perhaps slightly less sensitive, however.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Don't do drugs or porn kids or you will end up like this loser

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          We've all been there bro.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Edging on speed.. those were the days. Got so sikzed out that I thought some higher power was hiding the good porn from me.

  11. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    It's 100% not an issue. You should definitely visit Australia. The spiders here are harmless and could never hurt a human even if we tried.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      my fricking sides

  12. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I lived in the Amazon for six months. regularly saw spiders slightly smaller than this. also a giant cave wienerroach in my room at 2am when I turned on the lights

    I hated it but tried to man up. I was living with locals at the time and it was second nature to them

  13. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Any aussies here ever give a spider a nice sticky glaze?

  14. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    It is a huge meme, but the chance of encountering them is higher than 0
    However, as an Australian of 30 years, I have seen an actual dangerous spider 1 (one) time

  15. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    The main issue is the drop bears

  16. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Americans literally have scarier animals than we do. Unless you're a moron and pick up a blue ring octopus, go swimming in FNQ and get stung by a Man O war or carelessly think you can go into tropical bodies of water without getting chomped in half by a saltwater croc, you won't have any problems. Just look where you walk in the bush so you don't step on a brown snake and drop dead and you're fine.

    America on the other hand has fricking black bears, giant board and wild cats. Frick that.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Black bears are pussies. Brown bears are actual threats.

      However, the most dangerous ones are Moose and Bison. They are really fricking moody and will frick you up for getting too close. Most bears will just frick off unless they have cubs around or are on a kill, but a Moose will charge you.

      Big cats aren't that bad, they're pretty rare and it is more likely it kills your dog than you. Boar are basically a pest species at best, the biggest ones are cross-bred with domesticated pigs and at that point they're just feral hogs and are pretty stupid.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        this anon speaks the truth, don't frick with moose

        t. Wyoming

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/2mZwZnw.jpg

        this anon speaks the truth, don't frick with moose

        t. Wyoming

        for real. I always thought that moose were chill,so not only they are huge but also aggressive?
        frick that

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        several black bear maulings in AK last year.

  17. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Australian spiders are no joke and store employees will advertise which vacuum cleaner is best at sucking up spiders

  18. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Little off topic but does North America have any large spiders and where do the large insects live and what kinds of large insects live there?

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      large roaches and brown recluse, but they dont come close to OP's nightmare image.

  19. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Nah don't worry about it, there's way worst shit than spiders

  20. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Most dangerous animal in Australia is unironically the magpie

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      God magpies are dumb
      I remember watching one attack the side window in my house over and over for hours because it could see it's own reflection

  21. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Spiders are definitely a thing but it depends a lot on where you're living and how clean you keep your house
    The really big spiders aren't that common unless you're doing something like leaving your back door open all day for the dogs

  22. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    had to look up videos of these things

  23. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I totally get that this monster is harmless to us, but literally doesn’t matter. Flight or fight activates in my brain just by watching this fricking cursed picture

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      This, lol. If I saw that nightmarish creature IRL and it started to move, I think I'd actually faint.

  24. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    >UK only gets European house spiders
    >only rarely grow especially big (saucer sized)
    >completely harmless

    However...

    >one of the fastest species of spider on the planet
    >extremely active in Autumn
    >frequently see them dart across the floor during that time, often crawling over you
    >often climb across your ceiling at night, only to drop onto you in bed
    >constantly get trapped in bathtubs

    One dropped on me when I was having a bath once. Frick that shit.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >One dropped on me when I was having a bath once. Frick that shit
      Greentext that shit please, I want a horror laugh

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Probably not too much to expand on

        >relaxing in bath
        >movement above catches my eye
        >big house spider crawling on the ceiling
        >about a second afterwards it drops onto my stomach
        >spasms around on my wet skin
        >NOPE
        >swat it off, jump out the bath, pull the plug, grab a towel and leg it out the bathroom

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      We get false widows and brown recluses, both extremely common in England during the summer and they can make you swell like a mother fricker so it isn’t all harmless spiders

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        It's only recently they've become more common though. They're wasp sting tier. You're not going to even need to see a doctor unless it triggers an allergic reaction.

  25. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I backpacked for 3 months in Australia and the only big spiders that I saw were the golden orb weavers, I didn't see any huntsmen funnily enough but I was mostly in the urban areas

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Arachnophobic here but golden orb weavers are amazing. They're stunning in appearence and above all they just chill in their nets all the time and mind their own business. Plus web-based spiders are slow and clunky, unlike active visual spiders like huntsmen/wolf spider/etc who can bolt and jump like crazy. I researched spiders a lot to fix my arachnophobia and huntsmen are still the scariest beast in the world (in terms of appearence, not danger) due to their sheer size, speed and likelihood of an undesired close encounter

  26. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Granted I like spiders , but Huntsmen aren't really aggressive, They are fast though. The one you would have to watch out for is the Funnel weaver. Those things are super aggressive

  27. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I have it so bad I can't even bring myself to look at the images in this thread for more then 2 seconds. I think the Australians reassuring us that they're harmless are missing the point, but I appreciate it

  28. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Fuzzy arthropod appendages laboriously tapped out this post

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