Big spiders

I don’t remember what the impetus was, but I found myself today doing a Google search for “Big Spiders in the Bay Area.” The first result is this website from Berkeley which informs us of spiders most frequently encountered  in the Bay Area.  Looking at these photos makes me feel a fear that I can’t fully describe in words. It is a fear that I feel deep inside me, at the core of my being. The kind of fear that makes me physically react with nausea.

My spider research today was prompted by a memory from when I was a nanny living in Menlo Park.  I was in the sitting room hanging out with the little girl I took care of when I saw a creature hanging out in one of her Lego structures.  It was a creature that I couldn’t pinpoint because I’d never seen anything like it. I guess it was a giant spider – that is the only way to describe it. It wasn’t a tarantula though because it wasn’t fuzzy. It had a shiny surface. It was horrific and large and it scared the shit out of both of us. I decided that I didn’t know what to do with it so the best course of action would be to ignore it and hope that it would go away. We left the room and played somewhere else and it, in fact, went away and I never saw it again. But in the back of my mind I wondered where it went and if I would encounter it again. I also wondered if I imagined the whole thing because I have never seen anything like it again.

I had a conversation with the parents of the little girl about it and they encountered one of these “things” as well – in the same room. The mom said that the thing tried to run away from her and she had to stab it several times with a pen to kill it (!!!) but it didn’t die, it ran away. The father encountered it later and killed it by putting it in the garbage disposal. Hearing about the demise of this creature kind of horrified me, as scary as it was to encounter it myself. It’s presence scared me, yes. But did it deserve to die such a terrible death? I’m sure it didn’t!

I have never seen one of these things again, and when I asked around about it I never got any answers either. Nobody I knew in the Bay Area had ever seen anything like the thing I described.

Something (I can’t remember what) prompted me to remember this and search Google to see if I could figure out what this thing was. And I did. I’m pretty sure it was a Calisoga longitarsus, otherwise known as a False Tarantula. I know it by looking at the picture. I will never forget what it looked like.

 

8 thoughts on “Big spiders”

  1. I found this post so very amusing, Moni!!! (I hope it was meant to be and that i haven’t offended you by saying that). I used to be the same about spiders until I travelled in South and Central America with two utter wimps. I became the cockroach, spider and scorpion “killer”, as I could not cope with the hysterics of the females I was travelling with!(Mostly I just removed the critters – have you ever tried to kill a scorpion? They just won’t die!!!!!) …. I have just looked at the pictures you linked to. Urgh, blah and GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is one horrific looking beasty.

    1. Haha! No you haven’t offended at all! These little stories are meant to be amusing. I am like you – just remove the critter from the house. I’m usually ok with it. I honestly don’t know if I could touch one of these things if I saw it again…

  2. I can’t bear to click on the link. It’s only 7pm and the sun hasn’t gone down but I’m positive looking at it would give me nightmares…when I go to bed in 5 hours.

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