Saturday, January 11, 2014

Warmer Weather Critters

Due to the recent deep freeze many of you faced, how about a few photos from warmer days? Or at least some to get your blood pumping a little.

First up, a few Wolf Spiders. These guys and gals get quite large, but are quite harmless. I find them rather beautiful and fascinating.
One in the barn

One on the corner of the house

One in the house next to a dog bed (explains the excessive dog hair in the photo)
Next, a Garden Spider aka Yellow Argiope. This one decided to alter the typical web 'zipper' pattern into a sort of artistic horse hoof design. It was very unique.
I cannot omit our resident Scorpions. They show up in surprising places if the weather is warm enough. We had one just Christmas morning in the kitchen sink. Their sting is extremely painful but only life-threatening to those with an allergic reaction to spider bites and bee stings. I keep flyswatters around in almost every room as they can be quite prevalent when the weather is warm.
And just to round out the 'willies' inducing critters in this post, I'll throw in a young Copperhead snake that decided to slip under the not-quite-closed front door one evening to say hello to me as I watched television. When I realized I had a venomous snake staring at me from the rug near my bare feet, I did what any good blogger would do - whipped out my cell phone, bent down, snapped a photo or two, THEN walked around the far side of the living room to retrieve a hatchet from the front closet.

You can see he had flattened himself out to squeeze under the front door gap -
and there's that dang dog hair again...
Thankfully, he was mesmerized by the light from the lamp I had on behind the couch and stayed in one place long enough for me to utilize said hatchet to dispatch him. I would have HATED to hunt him down inside the house in various rooms with no less than 10 different dog beds for him to hide under. :)
To return you to 'warm fuzzy' mode, not all critters that pop by here are creepy or poisonous. Here's our Roadrunner friend that stopped to peep in as I ate lunch at the kitchen table that looks out onto the deck.
All of these were cell phone shots as they were 'spur of the moment' snaps.

Linking to Saturday's Critters

153 comments:

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Charming! I like all those renditions of stripes!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The Argiope and the web were particularly interesting, and so were the wolf spiders. The copperhead is scary. I'm glad you sent him to that snake pit in the sky!

Łucja-Maria said...

Great post about spiders.
Interesting creatures. Some very beautiful.
I do not like snakes.
Greetings from the "Spring" distant Polish.
Lucia

KaHolly said...

You cracked me up telling about the snake. Good job thinking "picture" first!! I love that you like creepy crawly things. (Roadrunners are among my favorite TX birds.)

Revrunner said...

Now that's interesting--a hatchet in the front closet. 8-)

Lynne said...

Great post to see what hangs out in your "neck of Texas". (Funny . . . spiders and snakes don't give the creeps like rats and mice do . . . ) (I guess there is not much "funny" to either.). Thank goodness the hatchet was near!
Like the Roadrunner visitor very much!

Pom Pom said...

Yikes! You are a tough girl, TexWis! Whacking the head off that poison snake! Wow!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Spiders give me the heebie geebies!! Those pictures gave me chills lol

Molly The Wally said...

OMD the copperhead would have given us the heebeegeebies for sure. You are brave. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

My Human is quite familiar with snakes and scorpions. I, on the other hand, have not, thankfully, had the pleasure of meeting a scorpion. We have Vaejovis carolinianus in the southeastern mountains. There are no scorpions we are aware of located at the shores of the southeastern U.S.

I think in the snake family copperheads are pretty much everywhere. Rattlesnakes are another snake we find around the mountains which we have found at the shore.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

cobie en bas van Es said...

heerlijk om deze taferelen mee te beleven.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great pictures! You are very courageous.
I confess I don't like spiders, snakes and scorpions. I fear them so very much...

sonia a. mascaro said...

Ah! The roadrunner looks lovely!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Geez Texas so much fun here this morning! So much to comment on! Skinny Chicken looks positively winsome in that snap. We have some big wolf spider but nothing like what you have! Guess everything IS bigger in Texas. We had scorpions when we lived at The Lake of the Ozarks and they creeped me out. The copperhead would have tested the limits of the stent in my heart!

Lynn said...

The spiders are quite beautiful in design but good guys or not I'm not very fond of having them as close to me as you are. Our scorpions are very keen on entering the house anymore but for a while they thought they owned the place-I was happy to see them go. Now CH, photo then kill amazing! I'd be happy to share with your little RR, love the shot.

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, the spiders are cool and I love that web.. The Copperhead in the house is not good, glad you took "care" of him. I love the roadrunner, it is one of my favorite birds. Wonderful phone shots, have a happy weekend. And thanks for sharing on Saturday's Critters.

Mandy Southgate said...

I love this post! I love spiders but scorpions terrify me. That snake was beautiful! But I guess you just can't take any chances at all with a venomous snake around! I love what you said - we had a rare poisonous spider in our house the other day (most English spiders aren't harmless). I was gutted that I failed to take a photo of it before I took it outside. Bad blogger me.

DJan said...

Yes, this post got my blood coursing through my veins, all right. The spiders are beautiful, actually, but that snake? Not so much. The scorpions are not my cup of tea, either, but the roadrunner? Yes! :-)

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

And a happy Saturday to you too!!! Ugh, anything that can give you a heart attack just by looking at it is not "harmless". Just this city girl's observation:@)

Terri Buster said...

Well I got the willies now. I've actually had one of those millipedes wake me up one morning...not a scorpion, but still..I am not a fan of spiders and snakes. I can see the beauty of some & I love to see their webs, but they need to stay over on their side of the world...preferably at least a football field or two away from me at all times.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I was most happy to see that head separated from the body!! EEK!! I know you do discriminate venomous from non, but you know a snake is a snake to me, especially staring at me in the house! LOL! Love that little roadrunner! blessings ~ tanna

Sandra said...

those wolf spiders live here to but thankfully i have not seen one since i moved here 30 years ago. my grand mothers house had them, they walked on her ceilings and there was one that lived in the bathroom. i was horrified every time i went in there and she would not let mother kill it. she said it kept her house free of bugs... i can tell you that once there was one on her front sidewalk and when no one was looking i stomped it and hundreds of itty bitty spiders round out and scared me silly that was the last time i got close to a spider. i would scream like a girl at the spider the snake and the scorpion...great shots

S. J. Qualls said...

What a way to start out my day - with goose bumps.

Montanagirl said...

Not a fan of spiders or snakes, but your photos of them are really good. That horse-shoe shaped web is really something!

Dicky Bird said...

Wow love the zipper spider and web shot - it does look like a horse hoof. Also, what a snake charmer - good job with the hatchet!

Birdman said...

Nature's work... can it really be matched? Duplicated?

Kate said...

The Axe Woman! You continue to amaze me! I just went through your "Giveaways" and I am impressed with your talent and generosity.

Giga said...

Pająk i skorpion mnie nie przeraziły, ale widok węża w domu, bardzo. Ja z pewnością zdjęcia bym nie zrobiła. Pozdrawiam.
Spider and scorpion'm not scared, but the sight of a snake in the house, really. I certainly would not do photos. Yours.

EG CameraGirl said...

You got my blood pumping all right! EEK!!

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots! The spider web made by the Argiope is one of nature's marvels. I find insects fascinating to look at, and snakes but obviously wouldn't want to get too close especially if they can do you harm :)

Anvilcloud said...

Yikes! This was quite sobering.

Willow said...

OMG , quick move your hand away ... you do know spiders bit , right ?? lol

Karen S. said...

Oh thank you so much for the warm up, and I do hear a few yikes from the spidey photo! Is that a beep, beep darling roadrunner at the end? I'll take him any day. How cute, it's truly a lucky capture or spur of the moment cell photo!

ellen abbott said...

I had a snake come in the house but it was just a little rat snake. I also had a wolf spider that lived in the corner of one of my windows inside. she was very good about earning her keep and getting the flies that got in.

Blackberry Lane said...

We've had 2 homes where scorpions were common. I would have died to see that snake inside. The road runner is cute as can be!

Margie said...

JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH!!!!

Andrea said...

We have the same spiders up here and they try to come into the house in the winter ... ours, however, are not Texas size, thank goodness. The only place I have seen a Copperhead is in Texas ... our snake de jour is the rattler and as I don't have an ax in my closet, I am thinking I would be making a quick departure if I saw one staring at me in my living room. But, alas, I love your Roadrunner ... they are so cute and comical. I wouldn't mind if he lived up here. Great snaps, TWG ... even the scorpion, though they give me the willies ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

joeh said...

I am now just a little less jealous of your nature parade.

Beth said...

I am not a creepy crawler fan but your photos are great! Just so long as I don't have to be around any of them. Well the road runner is really cute!

Marit Sønstebø said...

I donot like spiders and snakes. I am glad that we do not have them here in cold Norway ;-)

Phil Slade said...

Spiders are wonderful creatures if they are harmless. So are snakes, but shame you had to wield the axe.

Karen said...

Spiders and scorpions are beautiful in photos! The snake is scary, glad you "took care" of it. Beep's post should be up now.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Yes I got the willies there for a bit :)

Fun post, though!:)

Deb from Homespun & Frugal Little Bungalow

Leovi said...

Definitely wonderful photos, live in that house is a real danger!

Brian King said...

Ugh. Thank goodness this post got better near the end. Stop with all the eight-legs. :-) Outside, okay, but not inside. I don't mind snakes, but that snake in our house would meet the same end.

Hooray for skinny chicken! Two legs and feathers.

Bill said...

Great variety of photos! I like Wolf Spiders also, the can be fun to photograph.

Ela said...

Brrrrrrr. I do not like spiders, scorpions and snakes ......
Greetings

FOREST SNAPPER said...

That snake is too big to go up the Hoover............but not after you chopped him up.

peter

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Those wolf spiders are big indeed. Gee I wish you hadn't Lizzie Borden'd the snake. Couldn't you scoop him into a bucket and take him for a ride? At least let the Roadrunner have a chance at him. Poor snake...

Sylvia K said...

More excit6ing than just watching TV, huh? Nothing like a snake chop to get the blood circulating!! Have a great, snake-free weekend!!

d9215c9a-648d-11e3-ab4f-000bcdcb5194 said...

UPS..das Beil im Haus..ist auch gut bei unerwünschten Besuchern.
Deine Reaktion SUPER.
LG vom katerchen der deinen Mut SEHR bewundert,Spinnen..sind nicht schlimm,aber Schlagen,da bin ich leider ungeübt.
Die Wespenspinne bei uns die macht auch solche MUSTER..

Cottage Tails said...

LOL you are a true blogger getting your camera and THEN dealing with the snake. LOL

Mary said...

Road Runnet buddy is so awesome and adorable! Scorpions in the sink and copperheads in the living room would take some getting used to! Lol

Bob Bushell said...

Oohh, the poor old Snake, because it is venomous.......

Primitive Stars said...

Well my friend, think I will take the cold and snow here, yikes!!!!! But the Roadrunner makes me smile, Francine.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh my gosh....seriously with the hatchet? I HATE SNAKES and would've freaked.

Kerri Farley said...

Ok - now I have goosebumps.....Yikes!

don said...

The cell phone camera did a creditable job for you. What an interesting series. You have so many more of this kind of critter than we do. An interesting series for sure.

Gail Dixon said...

Okay, I'm in awe that you thought to get a photo of the snake FIRST. my first reaction would be a blood curdling scream. Moving on to having your hand by the spiders...um....let's just say you're made of braver stock than me. Enjoyed the pics tho! Especially the sweet roadrunner.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Fabulous photos of fabulous creatures but the scorpions and the poisonous snakes have to be dealt with and you did it well!
Hugs,
Mariette

DIMI said...

OMG Tex!!!I prefare the roadrunner!!!His most cute than the others!!Great shots!!Wish you a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of spiders and snakes.

Lina Gustina said...

My blood is really pumping. You're sooo brave!

www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/01/neighbors.html

Paul said...

Dang! Just changed my mind about taking a holiday in Texas... Ha ha!

Ms. A said...

Okay, that weird web is quite interesting, but you can keep the spiders... I have enough. You can keep the scorpions, too! And that copperhead, double no thanks. How on earth did you keep from making a mess, or damaging your floor?

I'm good with the roadrunner, he can come visit me anytime!

Patty Woodland said...

GAH! No arachnids. No arachnids!
GAH!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ha Ha Theresa -- you are a brave blogger! Have you been feeling like you're getting too many happy comments and want to see some ewwwws ;>)? Well, not from me, I am OK with creepy crawlies, though I too would draw the line at a slinky snake in my house!

The creepy bug we see inside occasionally is the cockroach and I would blog him but I'll never be fast enough to take a picture. Not even fast enough to swat it. (When we see a live one, we call the 'bug man'.... gotta' do it.)

Stephen Hayes said...

If I shared your post with my wife she'd never let us set foot in Texas. She's terrified of spiders and snakes.

Icy BC said...

This was quite an emotional roller coaster ride. The snake topped it for me with a screech YIKES :-)

Happy weekend!

Raggedy Creations said...

AAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKK, I was a goner when you showed the spiders, I hate them. Did I say I HATE spiders and any kind of snake let alone a copperhead. I LOVE the pic of him with his head laying a few inches away.

Please be careful friend.

Debbie said...

ummmm, what to say, what to say......

your images are awesome, really but YiKeS, i don't like spiders and would never hang around to take a picture!!

but a clever and unusual critter, i'll bet your the only one who posted spiders and a snake today ;)

Debbie said...

omgoodness....you weren't the only one ;)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex Great shots of spiders but that snake would have scared me and I don't know whether I could have copped off its head!!

Red said...

You certainly have many large and attractive spiders.

Jeanne said...

Mixed feelings here. I'm definitely glad I don't need to keep a hatchet on hand!

Julia said...

You brave woman... my jaw is still hanging way down low. I had to laugh at the severed head of that poisonous snake. You are such a brave pioneer living in a modern world. I could just imagine one of those critter slipping next to you in bed... Brave woman...
Hugs,
JB

Munir said...

You are very brave to keep your hand so close to a spider.
Cell phone camera pics are as good as a quality camera pics.

Helma said...

Brrr ......... I hate spiders, and certainly those big aerghhh .......
That little tube is nice to see lol ...

damian said...


Arachnids at home an unpleasant thing, fortunately they do not have them in my house...

Greets,

Damian from Poland :)


RedPat said...

That's quite a hatchet job! Glad to see a cute creature at the end of the post.

Lynda said...

You crack me up. Most of us - - -even my husband - - - get the "willies" from the creatures you blogged but you are fascinated by them and their goodness in nature. It's a good thing there are people like you to educate us or we would kill everything we didn't like. I get allergic reactions to spider bites and bees and too many other things so lots does get killed around here. So glad you got the snake and his picture before he got you! And thanks for finishing with the cute bird.

Jo's World said...

You gave me the creeps with this one, Tex! When we lived in N.C. a copperhead bit my dogs foot. Dog was playing outside with a half dozen little kids from the apartments. She came running to our apartment and sat by me chewing on her foot. She then showed it to me, two perfect blood lines where the fangs had entered. A trip to the vet and a shot of something, she survived!

I like your method though with the axe, no vet bill or bitten children.

Jo

messymimi said...

As a confirmed arachnophile, i must say i love your spider pictures. We have wolf spiders around here, and i encourage them as much as i can, they keep the mosquitoes down.

Most of my family love snakes, too, and if my #2 Son had been there, he would have been glad to catch the snake and take it back out into the wild. He will catch venomous and non-venomous snakes at the creek, and never hurts them, they keep the vermin away.

We don't have scorpions in the swamp, so i'm glad to know those aren't seriously poisonous.

Jocee said...

I am glad most of those creepy crawlies don't live in NZ. The photos of the spiders look great.

Nancy Claeys said...

I love that you showed us the headless snake... You go girl! :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Interesting critters, but I'm kind of glad we don't have big spiders and scorpions here.

Robin Lamb said...

T, you have such great critters! I could handle everything except the Scorpion! They are just plain creepy to me!

Cheyenne said...

My friend, I have popped into your blog many, many times, but not sure if I have ever commented or not? My 'goal' in 2014 is to say hi a little more, I know I always love to know where people are reading from - and I'm the worst one at commenting. Yikes!

Oh boy, I will tell you - yes, you got my blood pumping and my feet sweating. In fact, I had to just scroll down past the snake. Ei vey! WILD. Even the wolf spiders. yikeserama. I have to admit, I have never seen a scorpion or a roadrunner (what a cool little bird!) So was happy to have a glimpse into your life even though I might have these images burned into my brain longer than I want to. :) ha!

Happy day to you from the Alberta prairies.

Donna said...

EEEEK! My skin is crawling now!

Farm Girl said...

The spiders remind me of being at my Mom and Dad's house. We saw such incredible huge spiders like those wolf spiders.
I do love looking at them. I even like looking at the copperhead though I think coming in the house is a bit much. I know we got those gopher snakes who want to come in.
My favorite of your warm weather critters have to be the walking sticks.
I love that there are such great things to look at around your house.

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Love, love your pictures! But they make me miss Texas:)I used to live in Pumpville,TX and got to see all those creatures often.

Carole M. said...

the roadrunner is the most charming ------ the copperhead would've been a real thriller to see!! Did you take a hunk out of the floor when decapitating it?!! Where were your bloodhounds while all this was going on; they weren't around protecting you??? Sheez, imagine if you hadn't seen that critter and it surprised you some other way

Janey and Co. said...

Remid me not to slither under your screen.....I'm thinking I am looking froward to Weds,

SweetMarie said...

Is that a pigmy rattler? Let me tell you, if there were a snake starring at me inside my home I would scream so loud that my entire neighborhood would hear me...seriously!
I love the Roadrunner!

A Quiet Corner said...

And so you have now talked me out of visiting Texas!!!!...:)JP

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Well, don't mess with TexWisGirl, she's a force to be reckoned with when armed with a hatchet! I wasn't expecting that.

Meanwhile, my wife would have a heart attack from the spiders. We have wolf spiders, but they ain't that BIG.


Paula said...

I'm not much on killing spiders unless they are Black Widows but Scorpions give me cold chills. They hurt, I know from experience. I'm glad you were prepared for the snake.

Andrew Fulton said...

Love all the wildlife you share lol x

Annette Mickelson said...

You sure have your share of creeping critters. I'm impressed with how cleanly you took care of that rattlesnake. No blood, no hatchet marks in the floor... I sense that you've done this more than once. :)

Beth Edwards said...

ok, give me a moment. i am still having a heart attack. you have a good post until the snake. & then you shared the road runner ... so you back in my good graces with me. but still i am breathing heavily. i just can not get over those mean Copperheads. evil snakes. glad you has something to protect yourself. you go T!! ( :

Maggid said...

I am so enchanted by road runners. I went to University in Arizona . . i got to thinking these guys were kinda like border collie birds . . they are so smart.

I've never seen anything like that garden spider . . wow!!!

AND - you made me laugh - HARD - when you said you did what every good blogger would do - took a picture of that attractive - but lethal - snake . . . oh, you funny lady!

Rose said...

I am not generally afraid of snakes, but I tell you that copperhead down by your feet gives me the creeps big time! But worse than it is the scorpions...I have never seen one in the wild. Not even sure if in the zoo, etc...but my brothers say we had some in TN up at the old home place.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I don't like spiders and snakes, and that ain't what it takes to love me...

Sally said...

All I can say is; if I have nightmares in the middle of the night, I'm calling you! :)

xoxo

Kay said...

Spiders usually do not bother me but those are so big. YUCK!

Rose said...

Just watching the colts, and it reminded me that I meant to tell you the garden spider is a colts fan...its design made me think of the Colts first thing.

Kerry said...

Holy s--t! I was admiring your bravado with the wolf spider, and then...a copperhead which you PHOTOGRAPH and then dispatch. Pioneer Woman, move over.

Kalantikan said...

Oh wow you have a lot of my interests there too! That snake is beautiful but scary. We are so scared of snakes coz we don't know the poisonous and not, so my mother kills every snake she sees in our property. When i was a kid I remember having a snake passed by my forehead at dawn, then my father and our dog killed it later! It looks like we have a semblance of similarity in our surroundings. Thanks for visiting my post too.

Dar said...

OK, non-venomous spiders, sweet roadrunner, OK, but scorpions and venomous snakes??? I'm outa here.
Glad you gave him the whack!!!
Mercy Child!!!!

barbara l. hale said...

Cool spiders! That is a fantastic web as well. Those I don't mind but I am not sure how I would react to a poisonous snake staring at me. I commend your calm practical reaction. Although, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the snake that took the wrong turn. Not blaming you though.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I am probably going to have awful dreams tonight after seeing those snake photos! LOL. Seriously, I would freak out if I found that in my house. I guess I never really know what's in here with us, though.

Those wolf spiders are awesome indeed!

Gert said...

Well...first I "hate" snakes and scorpions! And have a great dislike for spiders...however..you took amazing photos and all the creatures are beautiful in some ways. BUT the little Roadrunners was my favorite!

Blessings,
Gert

catskillblogger said...

Okay, I will be sleeping with the lights ON tonight!

Randy said...

If I found a snake it my home I would be moving the next day!

Jan said...

We've got these creepy crawlies here too-not fond of any of them! I'm afraid my first reaction is smash first and ask questions later! I don't think I would have had your presence of mind with the copperhead. I would have been up on top of the chair!

Bev said...

Glad when I got to the road runner... yuck.... I don't like those creepy ones:)

wayside wanderer said...

OH dear Lord have mercy...a copperhead in the house. You are more of a cool cucumber than I would have been! EEeeeeeeeeeeeep

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I just shiver when seeing nearly all of these critters - especially that Copperhead. Have a pest-free day tomorrow! : )

Angela said...

Oh my gosh! This post is the bomb! lol I absolutely love the pattern of that spiders web! That is really neat looking. I couldn't kill a beautiful spider like that. I had never thought about the scorpions! We don't have them here so I would have been freaking out if I seen one in my house. Your copper heads are a different looking snake than our copper heads. You really could tell he was a poisonous one though by the shape of his head. Glad he didn't throw out any blood on your carpet! You go girl! Glad you are prepared like you were. I wouldn't have been myself. I would have to leave the house because I wouldn't be able to find the thing and not sure if I would be able to kill it! lol Very good post!

Stephanie said...

I think I enjoyed the bird the most. Interesting looking spiders.

diane b said...

Eeeeek and I thought Australia had all the nasty creepy crawlies. Don't like spiders or snakes. I doubt I would have been calm enough to photo a venomous snake near my bare foot. You are a blogging hero.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I hate spiders and wish you wouldn't keep posting photos of them! However, I was fascinated by the web that your friendly outside spider created. The copperhead was actually very pretty. Too bad the axe had to come out, but I fully understand.

Our photos said...

I do not like snakes and spiders!

KB Bear said...

Let's just say that I love the Roadrunner and leave it at that :) I've never seen a roadrunner in person.

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness.. Snakes and spiders. I think my blood pressure just went up. LOL.. Pretty great shots for just being your cell phone..

Hugs~

BlueShell said...

Oh my...Those are very dangerous animals...
Kiss,
Blueshell
blueshel.azurara.net

Debs said...

I thought we had all the icky critters!

Breathtaking said...

We get those Wolf spiders inside our home sometimes, in fact our ranch style home must be a haven for spiders,...all those beams!!
They don't scare me, but I wouldn't want a snake inside my home. I really laughed when you took the picture before dealing with it!! You must be constantly on alert at your place with scorpians crawing around.Great post Theresa. Oh, and I loved seeing the Roadrunner too.


weekend et coup de brosse said...

Que de découvertes à la ferme, les araignées ne sont pas mes préférées! haha.
Bon week-end- Cath.

McGuffy Ann said...

ACK! Spiders totally creep me out! Scorpions are creepy, too. I have never seen one in the wild, even when I lived in Texas. Snakes are fine with me, though venomous, I wouldn't want it in my house! Now the Road Runner...cool!

McGuffy Ann said...

ACK! Spiders totally creep me out! Scorpions are creepy, too. I have never seen one in the wild, even when I lived in Texas. Snakes are fine with me, though venomous, I wouldn't want it in my house! Now the Road Runner...cool!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

GOOD GOSH! We have many wolf spiders around our place, and well...they just freak me out. Actually, this whole post freaked me out...my blood is definitely pumping, and my heart is racing. Well done, Tex!

Terry and Linda said...

Oh, icky, icky! I'm very allergic to spiders and such...you are very brave.
Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

michaelswoodcraft said...

Cool spiders, you can keep the snake, love the road runner! :-)

bailey-road.com said...

I respect all these critters and find them fascinating, but I don't want to be near them - well, except the Roadrunner. He's pretty cute.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Okay, you just gave me six good reasons to stay in South Dakota. I would love your weather but definitely could not handle the house guests!

pattisjarrett said...

Figures some Texas Argiope would create a fancy gate design! You win the blogging blue ribbon for getting a good shot of the copperhead before it lost its head. If that isn't self-sacrificing for the blog, I don't know what is. Thanks for adding the roadrunner to calm things down a bit.

Linda said...

Oh, creepy things!

Perhaps you remember the snake that crawled into our dryer vent! Ick! (http://webcroft.blogspot.com/2013/04/eww-my-creepiest-post-ever.html)

SquirrelQueen said...

Ha, I love that you grabbed your phone to take a photo before dispatching the copperhead. You and I think alike.

bon bon said...

aaaaahhhhhhh!!! i would be so on edge if i lived with the thought of poisonous critters sneaking in. i'll take the occasional polar vortex instead. ;)

Jeevan said...

wow! you are dare enough... you play with danger... ;)

Barbara said...

I am so impressed you thought to snap a photo! I admit I don't always think about it in those situations. lol Only after danger is passed. (e.g. head off!) We've had quite a few wolf spiders in our house, lately, too.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

You have now convinced me to have an axe *inside* the house when we move back to AZ - maybe one in every room! Eeek! You are a brave woman! Glad you were able to react without harm to yourself or your dogs.

The weirdest place I ever found a scorpion there was in the bottom of the toilet. We found it there after we had returned from vacation. The only thing we could figure was that it dropped from the ceiling vent directly above it. I do not have a problem with killing scorpions.

Finally, that has to be the most unique spider web I've ever seen!

~Lindy

Mike Biles said...

What an absolutely fascinating post! Thank you!

Susan said...

The spiders don't bother me, but ack on the rest, well, except the roadrunner!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Yikes, remind me not to sneak into your house. You appear to be quite accurate with a hatchet! :-) A seriously good post, really enjoyed it.

Pat Tillett said...

I commend you for not freaking out about these things. Many years ago, I lived in a house with my wife, her mother and and our four daughters. ALL of them would have been screaming for me to come and do something. My wife is much better these days. She has to be because of the places we go to.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa;
Wow!!! What a risk living in the beautiful nature, though☆☆☆
Yes, my blood pumping a little, haha.
I just wonder how you can keep from the danger of the deadly attack or bite from them. Just flyswatters? Whew... I started worrying about you my dear friend. BE SAFE(*^_^*)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Lindsjö taxar said...

What a lot of spiders you have....ihhh I dont like snakes....
We dont have many here....

Margaret said...

OMG! You are Texas Tough! You probably even waited for the commercial to come on before you headed for the hatchet! I appreciate a bit of a freeze now and again to keep things a bit "smaller" or non- existant.

edenhills said...

I am so glad I don't have to worry about poisonous critters around here.

Shannon Ham said...

I would have freaked out... copperhead in the living room!!!! OMGOSH! I like the "after" picture... whew!

Christian Perrin said...

Missed this post the first time around, but glad I caught it now - what a beauty!

For some reason, spiders alarm me much more than snakes. The Wolf Spiders in Australia are alleged dog-killers, though their bite isn't too bad for humans. Your critters look very big, I must say!

That Copperhead is actually quite a pretty snake.

And a Roadrunner! Now THAT is a Texas icon, surely!

Meep! Meep!

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