Being friends with spiders and reptiles

2013-08-28 14:05
Following a call to respond to one of our Bush features about which snakes and spiders to watch out for, News24Travel reader Burt Rabie  shared his collection of spiders and reptiles. Creepie Crawlies can leave many of us with mixed emotions but Burt prefers to call them 'friends'.

These friends are regular visitors to his house and he loves them, despite most people being "phobiatic about nature". 

" I love all the creations of nature and we have lots of rain spiders, birds and other interesting insects in our garden," Rabie said in his email to us.

"I never kill these friends - do not even have poison sprays at home - therefore I catch, photograph and release them.

"They do have the tendency to come visiting again.

"Here's some more interesting snaps which I have collected over the years. I hope people can enjoy them for what they are."

A spider enjoying a visit.  (Burt Rabie)    

Tiny creepy-crawlies visitors. (Burt Rabie)

Rabie has named this regular Spinnie. (Burt Rabie)

(Burt Rabie)

(Burt Rabie)

(Burt Rabie)

(Burt Rabie)

Another of the spiders being free and relaxed in his house. (Burt Rabie)

(Burt Rabie)

Pesticides have a negative effect on the environment, and the fact that Rabie refuses to use poisons could explain why these creatures keep coming back.

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