Arggh! Chris shouts and swipes something large off my leg and onto the floor. It scuttles away under the curtain. Is it a spider? At home in England I would have picked it up as gently as I could and put it out the window. Here? Well it didn’t look like the ideal house companion, so sadly we decided that extermination was the only safe option.
Stop Press: My brother Pete has identified this as a scorpion spider.
See whatsthatbug.com/category/spiders/scorpion-spiders and Platyoides Walteri – yes really! – http://www.ispotnature.org/node/859455. Not known to be venomous, but still could give you a nasty nip.
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