Terrified woman finds huge tarantula by house – and fears it will ‘eat her dogs’
A horrified woman discovered a massive tarantula clinging to her windows – and worries it will “eat her dogs”.
Sue Richardson shared pictures of the enormous spider on Facebook group Amateur Entomology Australia.
Sue, from Queensland in new South Wales, found the arachnid after a night of “significant rain”, the Daily Mail Australia reports.
She wrote: “I love beetles, stick insects, butterflies, moths etc…can someone please ID the reason I'm having a sleepless night???
“Will this eat my dogs? (I'm worried it might have found my spare key!)”
Facebook users afterwards chimed in with theories, and one speculated it was a “Queensland whistling tarantula”.
They said: “Very dangerous to dogs but people not so much.”
Another commented: “Beautiful male tarantula….most likely looking for a female.”
A third added: “Definitely looks like an Australian Tarantula. Very rare for some to see so consider yourself lucky to have encountered one!
“It won’t hurt you. Relocate it safely outside if you’re concerned.”
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Dr Robert Raven, an expert on arachnids from the Queensland Museum, said the spider was a male Northern Tarantula.
He said: “It's common to see them when there is good rain around, it's when they moult.
“It happens when the pressure drops, and usually there's rain with that.
“Rain is critical, so usually summer is their active season. Males go wandering looking for females in logs, under leaves and in the ground.”
According to the Australian Museum, the tarantulas will “rear up” if provoked.
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Though the bikes are not usually harmful to humans, severe illness can occur – resulting in nausea and vomiting for six to eight hours. Their venom can also prove fatal to dogs.
Last November, customs officers in the Philippines opened a parcel containing a pair of Asics trainers to find 119 live tarantula spiders hidden inside.
Investigators at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila found the venomous spiders in tiny plastic containers stuffed inside the running shoes.
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The parcel, which was being shipped from Poland by someone named "Michal Krolicki,” was being sent via DHL to an address in the Province of Cavite, to the south-west of Manila.
The Philippines Customs Bureau posted on Facebook: “Through the vigilance of Customs operatives and examiners, the package yielded suspicious images, and was subjected to physical examination.
“Customs examiners uncovered different species of live tarantulas in individual plastic vials.”
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