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Amazing Spider (new to me)

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Challenge: The Amazing Minimal Editing Ruleset (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
Location: Between Campbelltown and Newstead, Vic. Australia
Date: Aug 25, 2013
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2013

We were getting wood and I came across this spider. I've never seen one and neither has my husband. Now I have to do some research to find out what it is.
Okay, I found it. It is Missulena Occatoria
or red-headed mouse spider. It's range is most of mainland Australia except for southern Victoria (the area where I saw it would be classed as central Victoria). This is the male, the female looks similar but is all black. Apparently she stays within her burrow for most of her life, which is a good thing, because she produces copious amounts of venom and if she bites it will HURT!

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I've got a feeling that people might think that I've enhanced the colour but I haven't. The rock really is pink (there is a huge variety in the rock colour in this area) and the twig really is reddish.

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Place: 23 out of 77
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Views since voting: 318
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Votes: 85
Comments: 9
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10/25/2013 02:58:53 AM
I first thought it was like one of those plastic meals in the Korean restaurant displays ;) Unusual. [spelling]

Message edited by author 2013-10-26 19:26:33.
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10/21/2013 09:54:28 PM
Great detail. Makes me shudder to look at it, and I'm not afraid of spiders.
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10/20/2013 08:43:20 PM
To North Americans, Australia is a scary, scary place. Creatures like this are why.
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10/03/2013 08:41:41 PM
Goodness! I hope it's not going to emigrate. Great shot

Message edited by author 2013-10-04 01:52:23.
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09/05/2013 11:23:18 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEkkkkkkkkkkksssssssss ok I voted earlier, gave u a score I've never given a spider shot before! LOL, It is amazing and I hope this sucker is in some foreign, and no where in the US and for Heavens sake NO where in the Midwest... Cause I'd DIE if I saw one of these!
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09/05/2013 05:54:48 PM
It is! What a grand coloration on this fellow!
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09/04/2013 02:06:40 PM
A Red-headed Mouse Spider. I don't like spiders but I do like this photograph. Well done
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08/30/2013 08:03:08 PM
I'm not sure I'd want to hang around him too long.
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08/30/2013 06:51:20 AM
Wow, that's a monster. Great image!
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