This is what welcomed us home from the Bellarine Peninsula on Sunday. This thing was bigger than the palm of my hand. I opened our front gate, oblivious to the creature 2 inches from my hand. Dan looks at me and says calmly “Did you see that?” I scream. Of course I didn’t. Would I have gone near the gate if I had? Umm, no. Now the kids are alarmed, but very much interested. I wish I had a picture of the entire scene: Claire, the animal/creature lover in front, Colin protecting himself behind her while looking over her shoulder, me behind Colin because I… um, wanted the kids to have the best look at the thing and Dan, man of the hour, about to swipe it onto the ground in the opposite direction of our front door. He is successful at taking it to the ground but then it goes for us! No joke, its running directly for Claire. Dan stomps on it multiple times. (1 stomp would have only knocked it out for a couple of hours.) We are saved!
You have to be careful in Australia. It has more things that will kill you than anywhere else. There is such an incredible variety and quantity of animals that can kill humans down under. The world’s ten most poisonous snakes are all Australian. It is also home to the most lethal spider, jellyfish, octopus, tick and fish in the world! There is an Australian spider that attacks birds, I am not kidding. We have spiders everywhere and venomous ones are common in our area so I’ve downloaded an Australian spider index.
We believe this was Huntsman Spider but unsure. Claire is still asking about him… or her.
Go forward to Holy spider! Part II.