Warning issued as massive spiders the size of DINNER PLATES on the loose16th Jul 18 | News
The general public have been urged NOT to approach them.
Two bird-eating Tarantulas, which grow to the size of dinner plates, are believed to be on the loose inthe village of Somercotes, Derbyshire.
The Brazilian spiders are thought to have fled when a car hit their containers which had been left in a car park. They usually live in rainforest, eating insects, lizards, mice and small birds.
Speaking to the paper, RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam, who attended the scene, said:
"The woman caller who contacted us was understandably shaken when she realised the pots contained spiders as she is terrified of them.
It appears someone ran over two of the pots and the driver told the woman who called us he thought he saw two larger spiders.
No bodies were found so it is assumed they may have escaped.
We collected all the pots and took them to a specialist who found three baby arachnids in them which he believes are bird-eating spiders - in fact, when he opened one pot a spider ran up his arm.
The abandoned spiders would have died in the pots had they not been found.
He is keeping all the pots warm and secure as there is a possibility more eggs may hatch.
We are concerned that someone would abandon spiders like this.
Tarantulas live in a warm and humid environment in the wild and need the same provided in captivity, to meet their needs and keep them healthy."