Spider Dumped In Street

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Spider dumped in street
9th July 2017

By Karen Pickwick

A tarantula the size of a hand was discovered on a street in Leicester.

RSPCA inspectors were called when a member of the public came across the giant spider in a plastic box on a main road. It was identified as a Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula, the third largest of that species and which can grow to a leg-span of 10 inches.

RSPCA animal collection officer Steve Smith said: “The member of the public who contacted us was understandably shaken by the size of the spider. Despite the size, it was not aggressive at all. Luckily we have found someone who has taken the spider on, so it can live a proper life from now on.

“It is likely that the spider was an unwanted pet which someone decided to dispose of for whatever reason.”

Contrary to its name, the salmon pink, usually found in the Brazilian forest, does not actually eat birds. Instead, it lies in wait on the forest floor and ambushes passing insects and reptiles, injecting them with
venom to subdue before eating them.