Spiders in Indonesia
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jul 26, 2011 4:55 PM Last Post By: ubudian
Jul 21, 2011 9:44 PM
15I wasn’t going to bring up the roaches, being an ex-NYC boy, but holy cow, the ones here surely rival the best to be found in the Big Apple. Warp speed in a millisecond, armored shell coverings, making them almost impervious to a foot stomp (assuming one’s sandals are still on), the best battle I’ve ever watched (and filmed too) was a death struggle between a near two inch long roach and a full grown almost 4 inch long Cicak.
This went on seemingly forever, as the Cicak’s approach was to keep the roach firm in its “jaws” while the roach relied on the lightening quick movement of its legs in an effort to dislodge the Cicak’s grip. Who would tire out first was the only question as there was no way the Cicak would ever break through the outer back shell of the roach. A Teko (Tokek Gecko) on the other hand will crunch them in a second, when they are fast enough to catch them.
The Cicak’s strategy (understanding his limitations), was to try to put the roach on its back and attack its underbelly, once completely tired out. The roach had another idea, faked being tired out and during the attempt of the Cicak to turn him over, requiring the Cicak to loosen his grip, he finally broke free and scampered away in a blur of motion. The Cicak didn’t even bother to give chase. Score the roach one, Cicak, zero.
As for these large spiders that I have encountered here, I haven’t yet seen or encountered of one of them trying to dine on a roach. Spiders have never been a favorite of mine either, (they creep me out too), so I don’t even know if those really big boys can produce a web. Assuming they can, they would have a clear advantage over the roach, as they could easily hold on to it long enough to tie its legs up. I’d love to film that too!
That said, I have often encountered what I thought was live roach, only to grab it with toilet paper and hear it immediately pop out…meaning it was hollow. Perhaps that was the dinner left over from a dining spider? Probably so.
Jul 21, 2011 9:47 PM
Jul 22, 2011 1:01 AM
17What about elsewhere? Where should I definitely avoid?
Avoid caves if you'd rather not come face to face with one of these
Jul 22, 2011 3:11 AM
18I don't really see many of the big spiders. However there was one in one of our rooms once when my husband was showing a potential guest the room.... her screams had her boyfriend who waited in the car park on the motorbike running to the room... I am sure he thought it was something more than a spider! Needless to say they didn't take the room. For me I am happy to have spiders in the house when we do because they eat the mosquitos.... Having already had dengue once mozzies are really my biggest fear!
Jul 22, 2011 2:46 PM
19In 15 trips to Indonesia I can't remember seeing any really freaky scary-looking spiders.
Maybe I was just lucky.
Jul 22, 2011 5:09 PM
20Last night we had a big flying bug I have not seen before. I got a photo of it so am putting it up on my FB to see if anyone can tell me what it is. When we first bought our land about 13 years ago there were some rotting tree trunks on it and in/under one of them were some massive white larvae like giant maggots. My husband tells me the bug last night was from one of these but didnt know the name. It made a weird sound which is what drew our attention to it in the first place. It was brown with white spots on its back and two red spots like eyes on the back of its head. It's antenna were about twice as long as its body... any ideas on this one?
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Jul 22, 2011 8:59 PM
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Jul 25, 2011 3:26 AM
25Hi guys, original poster here. FYI I am a 30 year old man, and I am fully aware that the spiders are harmless! That doesn't stop me from being terrified of them. If I had a penny for every time someone has said to me "don't worry, they're harmless"...
I'm not bothered by snakes, lizards, cockroaches etc. Just spiders. It's an irrational fear I've had all my life, but as yet I've never been anywhere in the world that has spiders bigger than a few centimeters wide. So I'm concerned my first trip to Indonesia could be problematic, after having a look at some of the indigenous species.
I guess I just wanted to get an idea about how likely I am to come across them in day to day life, particularly in homestays and whatnot. I couldn't sleep in a room with a spider.
"laba laba" - that may come in handy. If you hear someone in running down the road screaming it, that's probably me.
Jul 25, 2011 9:13 PM
26I think I saw one spider in the 3 months that I studied in Indonesia and for two of those months it was always on the same web. Possibly worse than that was when one of the guys at my (Indonesian) university told me a certain kind of frog was deadly after telling him about an amazing frog I found in the house. Needless to say my Indonesian host family thought it was hilarious when a bunch of us Australians were standing outside the house yelling after the "frog attack"
Tokek were probably my biggest worry while I was there. Nothing like going to sleep with one on the wall in your room and imagining waking up with it on your pillow/in bed with you!
Jul 26, 2011 4:25 PM
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