OK, I admit it- in the following photo- I'm hiding my face in shame. I'm different than the other spiders. It all started in kindergarten. . .
"Na hah!" the other spiders said as they gleefully taunted me. "You only have six eyes! Six eyes! Six eyes! Shepherd Sam only has six eyes!" And it was true. While other spiders typically have eight eyes, my species has six. My family and I are freaks of nature. So we became hostile. . .
We may not have as many eyes as the other spiders- but, my, we have some giant fangs. And we love nothing more than to take it out on our favorite meal- the Sowbug (or Rolly Polly- as the Southeners call them). The Sowbug tries to curl into a ball to protect itself from us. Yeah right- as if that will protect him from our crushing fangs. And Sowbugs do not taste like chicken- they are a crustacean- they taste more like lobster. Thus we have garnered the common name of "The Sowbug Killer". But, I'm more partial to my scientific name: Dysdera crocata- crocata is Greek for 'Hard to fight against.' If anyone calls me "ole six eyes" again, they'll find out what crocata means!