September 28th, 2005


Eight legs and one pea brain. . .

I've been reading about camel spiders recently, and I'm amused to think that I may actually want one. Except that I realize that such things should not be kept in captivity, and don't make good pets [Link to Care Instructions, not for those who don't like leggy-things]. They need a lot more care than I can give them, and I don't think I can afford to feed *anything* small lizards on a regular basis.

But it's strange. I've never really wanted a pet before. . . I just fell into the boys and the girl. I love them and wouldn't trade them for the world, but I can't say as I was looking for three more mouths to feed.

So when I read about camel spiders and I realize just how cool these things are, I have to wonder about why I feel drawn to call my local pet shop and ask if they can get me one.

Hell, I don't even like most arachnids or insects very much. While I may judge each individual ant or cockroach or wolf spider by its current location and presumed intent, as a whole I could generally do without such things.

Besides, I don't think they'd be nearly as big as I would hope for.

But damn if I wouldn't love showing one off, smiling goofily like a proud parent, as it ran down a small green lizard and feasted on it.

(That last sentence was much more graphic before I edited it.)