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September 28th, 2005


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01:58 pm - 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.)
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From:ceolnamara
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't really enjoy looking at arachnids. I used to, as a child, but then I saw Arachnaphobia and decided (yes, decided) that I would be scared of spiders from then on. The power of the mind.

I'm not so much scared of them now, but I still have a gut reaction *ick*.

Who knew I was a chaote so young?
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. My reaction to them is mixed, most often. I honestly don't care to have them crawl on me, but I don't mind them. I do often take them outside, though. I much prefer to do that.

I'm generally uncomfortable with letting the cats chase them down, or I wouldn't care much about them at all :)
From:tanrinia
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
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the cost of the food is why i don't currently have a snake...

well, that and vitaminJ is none to keen on the idea....

and i'd probably name said food and then cry when it was feeding time....
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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If you got a garter snake, you wouldn't have to feed it anything fuzzy. You could feed it large insects and small frogs, even minnows. That's what we always did. <3
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, I've always thought it rather cruel to keep snakes in 2x3 tanks. I really think that if you're going to keep one, you should devote at least a 6x6 area for the thing. A lot of people have them and keep them in tanks where they can't even stretch out.

I remember one neighbour had a water monitor in a 30 gallon tank. At the time, I remember thinking, "damn, that's soooooo cool!" It was only on reflection, years later, that I realized just how disgustingly horrid that animal's life must have been.

Yeah, I'm generally against reptiles as pets, unless they're really small and have a very large cage.
From:tanrinia
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
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I've always thought it rather cruel to keep snakes in 2x3 tanks. I really think that if you're going to keep one, you should devote at least a 6x6 area for the thing

well, definitely :) although, like most animals, they pretty much chill and sleep when they aren't hunting. i used to think it cruel to keep the cats in the house cos all they did is sleep. then i read some more about cats in the wild and their 18-20 hours of sleep/day and i felt much less guilt.

i don't have birds for much the same reason. (that, and vitaminJ doesn't like birds as pets.) i would love to get a pair of lovebirds, but finding a cage big enough to let them fly around a bit but with spaces that aren't big enough for them to get thru is damn near impossible.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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I've never heard a strong argument for letting housecats outside if they live in the city. And I don't believe I ever will. I consider it highly irresponsible cat-ownership to have an "indoor-outdoor" cat in the city, especially one that isn't spayed or neutered.

Birds, well, they're just bad pets. The damn things can't control their bodily functions. I don't have any desire to spend 60 years of my life with a parrot that I have to clean up after daily. To those who manage, well, good for them.
From:tanrinia
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I don't have any desire to spend 60 years of my life with a parrot that I have to clean up after daily.

but it would be so.....just so.....BUFFETT :)

anyway, i clean up after the cats, and in about 2 days a dog, so what's one more? :) besides with birds it's just change the newspaper and sweep up the seed hulls.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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heh. Just because I like the man doesn't mean I need to emulate him in everything. :)

That's one way to look at it.
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From:edelweiss68
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Ew. Arachniphobia rules my life, sad to say. I'll stick with my terrestrial snail, green tree frog, and three cats, thanks. ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I'm not overly frightened of them. I don't like them in my bed, though, I admit.

Spiders in my bed are killed on sight.

I respect their territory so long as it doesn't conflict with mine.
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
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We have a special garden on the side of my house at home full of sweetpea and trellises. Every year when I was little, HUGE yellow-and-black garden spiders would hatch there. One or two would inevitably take up residence there on a web. We viewed them as our 'pets.' We spent hours catching bees in little containers, shaking them up to get them really dizzy, and then opening the containers near the web so the dizzy bees would fly in, and then watching our precious pets eat. We caught them crickets and all sorts of things. We even named them, sometimes! I was so proud of my pretty spiders, I made all my freinds see them... and the more we fed them, the bigger they got, until they were at least a quarter-size around in body, not counting their huge legs.

This was free of charge; they came to us and we fed 'em with natural resources. Surely with your huge garden you could keep a couple around? I mean, they will lay eggs, and every year you will get at least one or two. Why not raise your own cute generation of spiders? :) You can often find them around this time of year (though earlier is better) around creeks in between cat-tails.
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From:qorinda
Date:September 28th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I used to catch and play with bugs as a kid also. We would put them in big jars with holes in the top. We especially liked catching grasshoppers and the rare praying mantis. In fact, my neighbors made a special cage for the praying mantises and we would go out and catch grasshoppers and flies to feed them. We watched them go through laying eggs and hatching new babies, and molting their wings, and all sorts of stuff. Very educational.

As for spiders, I used to play with daddy-long-legs, because they tickled. And I still won't kill a spider, believing them to be good luck. If I find one living in my house spinning too many webs, I will put it outside.
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I love praying mantises! Hee! <3
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
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*nods* They're pretty nifty creatures, and I understand that they're agressive like that.

It's kinda like cock-fighting, though. Doesn't sit well with me, I admit.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm not actually going to get one. I don't think that I have the facilities to take care of one.

Now, walkingsticks, I like.
From:perlgirlju
Date:September 28th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I can't get you a live one, but I believe my sister in Iraq can get a carcass in a glass case from the PX if you want...
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
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No thanks. If it can't rip the head off a skink, why would I want it?
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)

btw, I found this...

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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)

Re: btw, I found this...

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That's Sooooooo what I'm talking about!
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From:mayden_dor
Date:September 28th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
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i love spiders. that one is particularly beautiful!
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
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It really is an amazing specimin :)
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From:creature_tamer
Date:September 29th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
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Despite my LJ handle, I'm not big on spiders or "bugs" in general. Snakes don't bother me so much (I'm not going to pull a Steve Irwin and start wrangling venomous ones... but if an expert says it's harmless, that's probably okay).

I'm not sure I've ever really thought about my reasons for not liking bugs. Perhaps because their small size and high agility makes them easily able to crawl on you without permission. Their anatomy (especially around the face) and body language is so different from other animals that it seems impossible to get a reading on a particular bug's intentions (is it calm, is it angry, is it going to bite?)

Possibly could be influenced by environmental factors growing up as well, since I can't think of anyone in my family who likes spiders (and can think of several who are deathly afraid of them).
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Bugs, in the end, are strange things. Most people don't like them.

A lot of it has to do with their incredibly strange anatomy, I do imagine. I mean, where do you categorize something like that? Science has helped by giving us a way to identify them and class them, comparatively, with other things, but our initial reaction to things like that aren't logical. . . They're "OMFGWHATISTHAT?!?!?"

It's part of the reason that shellfish aren't Kosher, I believe. I mean, shellfish are perfectly edible, and there's no reason for them to be unclean. . . Hell, crickets are Kosher. But the problem is that they can't be rationally categorized, and so they became "unclean" because they couldn't be categorized as anything.

Or so my Jewish Mysticism teacher once stated.
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From:unnamed525
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Why not get a pet hissing cockroach?
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 29th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I deal with all cockroaches on an individual basis, so I'd have to find one that I liked.

But more to the point, I like them to be free.
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From:unnamed525
Date:September 30th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
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That's completely understandable.

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