This creepy crawler was (and still is, as of this moment) hanging out on my back deck. it's only HALF the size of the one that tried to get into the garage a few weeks ago though. Waverly, my 10 year old, found it there on her way in from school today and came running into the house screaming hysterically....which in turn freaked me out considerably, so much so that i was relieved to hear she had only seen a tarantula.
Now i have a huge fear of spiders....and have only encountered two large tarantulas since living in AZ but (and this is a big but) these don't seem to frighten me as much as other arachnids simply because they appear to be pretty slow so i have sufficient time to escape if needed. don't get me wrong, if one ever crawls ON ME i will have a panic attack, jump around like a lunatic and scream like a little girl. i have also taught this maneuver to my children! it's meant to invoke fear into the beast and scare it away...yeah right!