Nice one…from a UK ship.
Twelve inches long.
From a UK ship ? We dont have spiders that big here , or do we. Is it poisonous.
Now I think I’ll go check my conservatory hasn’t got any nests hiding in the corners ready to jump out at me in the spring
It came from Australia I believe and yes, it is venomous.
Ahh so it emigrated to us in a ship and tried to jump ship in the UK . I wonder if itll be returned home or sent to a zoo here
“A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the spider had given staff “quite a fright”, and was now at a specialist rescue centre.”
And the ship came from China, not Australia. My apologies.
Wow - what a beauty!
I hope it was triple jabbed and wearing a face mask!
Did they know it came from the ship because the spider ate it?
We had huge sugar cane spiders, as big as a man’s hand, that lived in the house, car, and every nook and cranny. I will never forget the day one scarred across the living room floor and dropped its egg sac it was carrying, causing it to crack open and sendi a cloud of tiny spiders everywhere. I
It was in a shipping container from China. The container was disembarked in Hull. A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the spider had given staff “quite a fright”, and was now at a specialist rescue centre.
@Besoeker , l expect it got out before it was eaten as a delicacy ??
the RSPCA said the spider had given staff “quite a fright”, and was now at a specialist rescue centre.
All spiders are venomous, the concern for humans is whether their fangs can penetrate the skin.
Surfer mom . I’d have been outa that room like skidding on ice . What happened to the baby spiders ?
Where is the report for the Australian spider? I know about the Huntsman spider from China.
All Arachnids are venomous, but very few arachnids have medically significant venom. And just because something is venomous, that does not mean it can bite through human skin, or that the venom is going to have any effect on a human.
I two different species of huntsman here, they are generally large spiders & VERY fast. The one above looks more like a blown up image of a normal spider. Very unthreatening.
How about a bite from this girl?
Her fangs are a good inch long. But she is a real kitten & would much rather flick urticating hairs at you, hence her bald but & her name Felicity (Flick, for short.) She also does a very good straite (hiss.)
She is perfectly handleable, but you will need to wash your hands 20 times afterwards & take anti histamines for a day of two as her hairs are some of the worst going.
I am no expert on spiders but the one in the first photo looks similar to an Orb Weaver. They build webs (unlike a Huntsman) and can span wide passageways with a massive and very sticky web.
They have built between my house and fence across an over 2 metres gap but the first thing you know about it is when you walk into the strong, sticky web - it gets everywhere. It is bloody awful. The spiders grow very big too - like hand size…
I imagine the staff would have scared the poor spider as well!