Spider-y Nightmares

**Warning: Do not scroll down if you scare easily. Heck, I probably won’t even look at this after I post it.**

I’m not normally a very squeamish person, and critters don’t bother me too much, except for the occasional flying cockroach (evolution’s biggest mistake). I’ve even gotten up close and personal with a wild tarantula the size of my face.

However, there is one creature here in Mexico that I can’t stand.

When I first moved to Mexico back in 2005, I was living in Acapulco. In my bathroom, I would frequently find these giant, grayish spiders on the wall. (Maybe 2 or 3 a week)

The only way I could describe them was “giant bathroom spider that looks like a hammerhead shark”.

I spent all yesterday debating if I wanted this on my blog because even pictures of it freak me out.

When I moved to Cancun, my giant bathroom spider problems seemed to be over… until I started going to Chabihau to visit Jorge’s family. In Jorge’s parents’ vacation house bathroom, I have seen 2 of these things over the years. I can’t go into that bathroom without scouring the walls for hammerhead shark spiders. I even saw 1 in my in-laws’ Cancun bathroom once.

Yesterday, however, while researching some crazy ants I saw at the park this weekend, I accidentally stumbled upon a tidbit of information that gave me the chills for the rest of the afternoon.

They’re not spiders.

They are “Tailless Mexican Whip Scorpions“.

The good news is that Wikipedia says they’re harmless. Whatever, they’re still terrifying.

*shiver*

What’s the craziest creature you’ve ever seen?

Dear Neighbors… Seriously?

So our house has been consistently invaded by animals this year, but I can’t figure out if they’re drawn to us out of love or hatred. Either way, they love hanging out there.

First there were the cockroaches and slugs (still there, but in much smaller quantities). Then, there were the evil cats (who no longer poop in our planter, thanks for all the tips!). I also saw a teeny tiny frog in the kitchen last week, but at least he was cute. Now… ok, I seriously can’t even explain this one. My Facebook and Twitter friends already know that one of our neighbors a few houses down has acquired a rooster.

A ROOSTER.

A ROOSTER THAT CROWS.

A ROOSTER THAT HAS LEARNED TO CLIMB NOT ONE, BUT SEVERAL BACKYARD WALLS.

Apparently our house is a Mecca for Yucatan wildlife.

What animal do you think will be next? Place your bets!