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Help – there is a huge spider behind my bathroom mirror!

June 16, 2011

Be calm! There are no lethal arachnids in Southeast Asia, and this spider, ‘the flattie’ (Heteropoda sp.), is supposed to bring luck if you find it in your home. The long legs make it quite large, and its rapid movement (usually sideways) may give you the shivers. Nothing to be ashamed of. All spiders including tarantulas are predators, and so they help you with pest control. Once you know he is not dangerous, in fact helpful, then you can relax.

This flattie lives in a Chiang Rai jungle, but sometimes they move into your nursery or bathroom to hunt insects.

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