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The Brazilian Wandering Spider

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on March 19, 2009

The Brazilian Wandering Spider also called Phoneutria fera is a very active and high poisonous spider. The name was named after Brazil because it was first discovered in Brazil. However, this genus is known to exist elsewhere in South and Central America.

This spider is a member of the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders. The Brazilian Wandering spider appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records 2007 for being the most venomous animal.

In this particular genus, there are five known similar species whose members are also highly venomous. They include some of the relatively few species of spiders that present a threat to human beings.

The Brazilian wandering spider can grow to have a leg span of up to 4 – 5 inches. They are large hairy spindly-looking spiders who have eight eyes, two of which are large. Brazilian wandering spiders are fast-moving spiders, their legs are strong and spiny and they have distinctive red jaws which they display when angered.

The Brazilian wandering spider is not a Tarantula. Brazilian wandering spiders are not even in the same family group. Tarantulas are harmless to humans and are mostly ambush killers who wait for prey to come to them. Brazilian wandering spiders are active hunters. Brazilian wandering spiders and Tarantulas do have one thing in common; however, they do not eat bananas.

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Groundhog Day 2009

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on February 3, 2009

jeromeTechnically according to study groundhog’s other names are revealed to be “Woodchuck” (Marmota monax) and “whistle pig”. It is classified to belong to the rodent race of animals which are related to squirrels.

While this rodent’s wood chucking abilities shall remain a mystery to all who are not fluent in the Groundhog Day language of Groundhogese, many a gardener is all too aware of the groundhog’s ability to damage a garden.

It behooves anyone considering gardening in groundhog territory to learn at least the sign language of groundhogs, if not Groundhogese itself. For, fortunately, gardeners don’t have to communicate directly with groundhogs. It is enough for the gardener simply to be able to recognize groundhog sign language.

Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

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Lovely Piping Plover Bird

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 30, 2009

dona16This kind of bird can be spotted in the shores. Physically, it is small and pale. Piping Plover is seen along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as inland in the northern Great Plains.

They are now considered endangered since the people had done some disturbances on them.

The following describes how this bird looks like:

  • Small shorebird.
  • Legs moderately long.
  • Neck short.
  • Back pale tan.
  • Underparts white with one black or brown band on chest, often broken in middle.
  • Legs yellow.
  • Size: 17-18 cm (7-7 in)
  • Weight: 43-63 g (1.52-2.22 ounces)

They make some clear whistled peeps. They are listed as endangered in Canada and the inland United States, threatened along coast. In French it is called Pluvier siffleu and in Spanish it is Chorlitejo picocorto.

Those who attempt to inflict harm near a Piping Plover nest are chased and bitten. In Manitoba, one Killdeer was observed entering a Piping Plover territory where it was bitten so hard on the leg that it limped for the rest of the summer.

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