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UK man finds huntsman spider in his garden

By T.K. Randall
May 29, 2017 · Comment icon 24 comments



You don't expect to see this in England. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Mikeybear
One Kent resident got the shock of his life recently when he spotted a huge arachnid outside his home.
The man, who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, couldn't believe his eyes when he noticed the spider clinging to the brickwork on the outside wall of his house earlier this month.

When animal collection officer Louise Horton from the RSPCA arrived on the scene, she determined that it was in fact a huntsman - a species that is not indigenous to the UK.

"I honestly expected to get there and find a big house spider or a toy spider or something silly but it was a huntsman," she said. "It wasn't a giant huntsman but was big enough, it was about the size of the palm of my hand so it wasn't the usual spider you'd expect to find in your house !"
"It was clinging to the outside wall of the man's house and he said it had barely moved since he first spotted it. I removed it, confined it in a box and took it to experts at Heathrow's Animal Reception Centre to be quarantined. "

While the species is not known to be dangerous, it can still give a nasty and painful bite.

It isn't clear exactly where the spider came from or how it ended up in Kent, however it is likely that it arrived in the UK in a crate of fruit or some other import from abroad.

Huntsman spiders are native to Australia, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 6 years ago
Must remember to buy a flamethrower next. I hope I don't need licence for stuff like that?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
We have some good sized critters around here but if I saw one of those on my wall I'm pretty sure I'd call someone! Yikes.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Unfortunately 6 years ago
Yeah keeping a few around definitely helps to get rid of the other nasties. Huntsmen are actually really docile spiders and only get antsy when cornered, unless it's a massive one that's when they're a bit unpredictable. I would much rather have an average-sized huntsman in my house (like the one described in the OP) than a redback, that's for sure.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Cool. I guess if you live in a place where it's not unexpected, it wouldn't give you as much of a shock. It sounds like they're a bit like wolf spiders here. A bit alarming when you see one but they are good at pest control and aren't very venomous. When I see one I usually let it be. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Matt221 6 years ago
 Talking of huntsmen This blokes response or better still the little kids  
Comment icon #20 Posted by Chortle 6 years ago
No we consider spiders larger than a golf ball to be a 'decent size'. We dont have ride-able arachnids.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Matt221 6 years ago
We have ride in arachnids  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
I want one.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Matt221 6 years ago
Me to i was lucky enough to actually go on a John Deere dealership open day show casing all the're range and actually drove one really weird thing to operate. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by jayelee 6 years ago
I'm in Australia,everyone here is familiar with the huntsman.they can be as big,or bigger than your WHOLE HAND.i am terrified of spiders,especialy the huntman as they can jump.you can also use a whole can of spray and it wont kill them.in summer I always keep my eye out for them,and have a mini heart attack when I see one.this past summer I came across 2female redbacks out in my back yard-1 was under my dogs' bowl.also found a male redback inside my mates shoe at his house,the shoe was in his wardrobe.


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