Venomous Tarantulas Could Be On The Loose In Derbyshire Countryside

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2018

Kristy Ludlam, an RSPCA inspector, said an understandably shaken woman had found the baby spiders in Bateman's Yard livery stable's auto park in Somercotes last Thursday and had contacted the RSPCA as she is terrified of them.

The RSPCA warned the public not to attempt to handle the tarantulas if they come across them, which are believed to be salmon pink Brazilian bird-eating spiders.

Normally the spiders would not be expected to live for long in the United Kingdom climate as they prefer hot and humid conditions but it is thought the heatwave may have increased their...

Oh great, so there is a chance that we'd never have known they were there?

While this type of tarantula is one of the largest in the world and is venomous, their venom is not strong and should not affect humans.

The breed is black in colour but their legs sprout pink hairs that can all be found on their stomachs.

Originally from Brazil, they have a venomous bite, but tend to stun their prey by flicking hairs from their abdomen which can cause pain and blindness if thrown into the eyes. Two were run over and the pair of adults may have taken the opportunity to escape.

'No bodies were found so it is assumed they may have escaped.

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam said: 'The woman caller who contacted us was understandably shaken when she realised the pots contained spiders as she is terrified of them. Ludlam said it looks like a driver had run over two of the pots and one other driver said he thought he had seen two larger spiders on the loose. "The RSPCA would always ask people who are struggling to cope to let us know".

But the welfare of the tarantulas wasn't what staff at the nearby Birchwood Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Birchwood Lane were anxious about. We're also going to be searching the area to make sure they're not here.

The act of releasing spiders into the wild is actually illegal, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as they are a non-native species.

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