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Giant grasshoppers of Japan

This morning, on my way to work, I encountered this little guy:

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Holy crap! It’s huge!

It was a grasshopper, and boy was it ever big.  It was about 4 or 5 cm long!  I’d never seen a grasshopper that big before.  I’ve mentioned before that Japan has a lot of large, creepy animals.  I just hope I don’t run into a Huntsman spider.

Anyway, Exploring Gifu will be coming tomorrow night.

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That’s not a mouse, it’s a…holy $&!#!!

One day about three years ago, I came home from work, and I noticed a grey thing moving along the ground below the stairs to the second floor.  I thought it was a mouse.  I went down to take a look and noticed that it wasn’t a mouse, it was a spider!  Its legspan was around 15 cm!

A few months later, I was walking home from the supermarket when I saw this thing running across the road, straight for my feet.  I nearly stepped on it.  It was another one of those humongous spiders!

So, what is it?  It’s a huntsman spider.  These spiders are not native to Japan, but were introduced accidentally.  They’re not dangerous to people, but will bite if provoked.  They are quite beneficial, actually.  They eat cockroaches.

For the record, I can’t stand spiders.

Have you ever seen one?

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