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Old Jul 25, 2011, 8:18 AM   #1
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Spider in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. It was about four inches (10cm) between leg tips. If I had a leash with me I may have brought it home.

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Old Jul 25, 2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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Almost looks like one of those bat catching spiders in the Amazon ! Lovely !
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Now that's a spider!

Always wanted an "exotic" spider (compared to what we get here in the UK) as a pet, saw some beauties in Japan, but didn't see any in Florida like this!

If I saw that while I was on holiday it would be in a jar and in my suitcase on the way home. Great capture!
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Great photos of both spider & web - looks like a Golden Garden Spider.
Here in East Tennessee folks call them "writing spiders," because of the "writing" in the web. And they say if you see one with your name in the web, it means you are soon to die!

PS to Tachikoma - Sure would hate to have to arrest you for illegal possession of eight-legged wildlife! Besides, when your captive escaped, he/she would probably wreak havoc on your native insect population!
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Haha I know, would never do it in real life, but "exotic" spiders over here are crazy prices due to the fact nobody appreciates them so they are a niche market...
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Wow, that's a very big spider, Ed. I've never seen one anywhere near that big.
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Nice photos! I haven't seen one these since I was a kid. Thanks for posting.

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