Spiders,Snakes & Baby-Eating Dingoes

19 May

Meet Sara. Sara is from the UK, has just recently moved to Melbourne and is crashing at my place for a few weeks. Sara hates spiders.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate them just as much as the next arachnophobe. It’s not so much the actual spider, as it is their sneakiness. They go all Osama Bin Laden on your ass. “Oooh, ooh I’m over here!” “Ooops, hehehe, no I’m not, now I’m here” “Betcha can’t find me… hehehe one minute I’m over there, next I’m over here…TO EAT YOUR FACE OFF.” Then next minute before you know it- M.I.A. Waiting to resurface when you least expect it. The similarities are astounding.

So what I can gather with my limited knowledge and 5 minute conversation with Sara, our spiders shit all over UK’s. We have ‘Huntsman” because they will hunt you down and disembowel you (Joking! Sorry, Tourism Australia.) All last summer we had ‘Rat Spider”, an extremely large spider who liked to eat small children and hang out at our front door. Last I heard, Rat Spider went to Hawaii as winter was approaching. I’m hopeful he finds a nice hula-girl, takes up surfing and never returns to our house.

But you know what UK has? Get ready for this. Garden Spiders. Do they weed and fertilise your garden for you at an alarming speed? Do they mulch and plough with such vigour, it’s terrifying? Do they attack the roses in the night with aphids? Please.

Rat Spider


The Ominous British Garden Spider

Alis: Yeah, this spider was as big as my hand. Wait, maybe my head. **Enthusiastically demonstrates largeness of Huntsman**

Sara: **Makes incomprehensible sounds that only dogs can hear**

Alis: Relax. I’m 80% sure they don’t like cold weather so you probably won’t see any whilst your here. Same as snakes.

Sara: Snakes?

Alis: Oh yeah, we have 7 out of the world’s top ten deadliest snakes. Don’t worry I’ve never seen one here. Oh except for that one I saw swimming in the river, did you know snakes could swim? Me neither. Anyway, there’s usually some red-blooded male around that’s more than willing to cut its head off with a shovel.

Sara: Right. Well that’s good to know… Holy shitballs! What the hell was that?!

Alis: Oh that’s just a possum, they’re kind of cute right?

Sara: Aww, it has such cute eyes, and it’s fur looks so cuddly…

Alis: Mmm, word of warning. Don’t try to pat the possum, it will gouge your eyes out. And don’t freak out when you’re sleeping, they’ll bang all over the roof but just ignore it. Another thing. Be careful of koalas. Those fuckers look cute, but they’re feisty little balls of fur. Nearly killed my last dog, true story.

Sara: Killer koalas? *white as a sheet, starts grasping for a paperbag to breath into*

Alis: Oh my, I’m sorry sweetie. I didn’t mean to freak you out. Seriously it’s not that bad. The worst animals are up north anyway. Goanna’s, now they scare the shit out of me. They’re pretty much blind and quite often clamber up human’s legs thinking they are a tree. I do not want a metre long lizard with giant claws attached to me, no siree.

Sara: What? Are these blind lizards here? *glances behind her in terror*

Alis: Nah, up in Northern QLD. We went on a roadtrip up there, and I had to carry a frypan every time I went to pee in the bushes. No-one likes a goanna-bitten, you-know-what.

Sara: Well now, I can see your concerns. *mentally and unwillingly envisioning a goanna-bitten you-know-what* How was your roadtrip by the way? No accidents in the Wicked Van?

Alis: It was amazing. No accidents that I can recall… Oh wait. There was one incident with a large kangaroo. God I hate those fuckers. They wait on the side of the road, and then POW! 2 metres high of pure muscle and fur jumps out in front of your car. If you hit one of those puppies, your cars pretty much written off. There’s an urban legend that they kick through your windscreen and box the hell out of you. Evil. Fuckers.

Sara: I quite liked the TV show Skippy the Kangaroo. Until now.

Alis: Doesn’t UK have any scary creatures?

Sara: Not really. Garden spiders freak me out. And foxes and badgers. But that’s about it.

Alis: Ooooh, like Wind in the Willows? I bloody loved that book.

Sara: Errr, yeh kinda.

Alis: Did you know a Dingo once stole a baby here?


7 Responses to “Spiders,Snakes & Baby-Eating Dingoes”

  1. Sara Fife May 19, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    OMG are you kidding me??? You didn’t show me that rat spider photo!!! In my mind it was about the size of my thumb nail… and that enough was giving me cold sweats!!
    I won’t be home tonight… I’m moving to Iceland… too cold for spiders there right?!

    • dreamlivedream May 19, 2010 at 4:19 am #

      Oops, I didn’t clarify the size? My bad.
      Please get a photo of ‘Eyjafjallajokull’ volcano whilst over there x

  2. gevauden May 19, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    Badgers are pretty nasty bastards. There’s a good reason Badger was the grumpy one in Wind in the Willows.
    I wonder what would happen if there was a fight between a badger and a wombat…

    You should recommend Sara takes a trip to Sydney. Then tell her all about funnel-webs. They’re great for terrifying the British and making them stay indoors.

  3. dreamlivedream May 19, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    Haha I’m not even touching on funnelwebs (cover your ears Sara)

    So I googled Badgers vs Wombats and you know the first thing that came up? The following yahoo! question:
    Q: Do Wombats turn into Badgers in the winter?
    A: Yes, and Salmon turn into Camels you fucktard.

    • gevauden May 19, 2010 at 6:59 am #

      Salmon turn into Camels?!
      Filtered or unfiltered?
      Oh! Oh! Does that make them “smoked salmon”?

      Yeah, ok. I’ll go away now.

  4. Sara Fife May 19, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    Right, am carrying mace spray at all times… and does anyone have a number for Peter Parker??

  5. Wicked Shawn May 21, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Oh, possums are shady. We also have lots of spiders, poisonous, nasty ones. Snakes, lots of them, but only two that are actually dangerous here in my part of the US, Rattlesnakes and Copperheads. I had never heard of the blind lizzards, they sound rather intriguing….other than the bitten you know what.

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