The rare tarantulas are a popular breed among collecters and some fear that more may be out there. The first one was found by a woman in her garden and then almost a month later the second one was found when it was trapped underneath a plant pot.
The arachnids are said to be aggressive and are capable of blinding people by spitting hairs into their eyes. It's not likely that they will survive into the winter, given that the spiders come from a different climate, but authorities have issued an alert for people to be on the look out just in case.
As for me, I'm not afraid of spiders, but I blame the movie Arachniphobia for putting a bit of fear of them into me. And not that I was planning on going to the UK any time soon, but the idea of spiders running rampant throughout the countryside that can blind you by spitting hairs into your eyes makes me want to stay in good ol Fresno.
Full source: Telegraph
By Andrew Hough
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tarantulas, like this one, may be on the lose by the
thousands in the UK.
There's concern in the United Kingdom that a large group of tarantulas may be on the lose in England after two Chilean Rose tarantulas were found in the Greater Manchester area.