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Huntsman spider travels thousands of miles to Southwold

RSPCA inspector, James Finch, with the spider (RSPCA).

A Huntsman spider has been found almost 8,000km from home in Suffolk.

The eight-legged creature was discovered on Thursday 16th July in a shipment of chairs at a Southwold warehouse, which had arrived from China.

RSPCA inspector, Jason Finch, was called out to collect it.

He said: "Huntsman spiders can grow up to 30cm in leg span so are a large variety.

"This spider was on the smaller side and was only around 6cm from leg to leg. 

"He’d obviously been in the container for some time - without access to food and water - but he was still active and seemed to be okay."

The spider has been taken to a specialist facility where it will be taken care of.

Huntsman spider Southwold (RSPCA)
Huntsman spiders can grow up to 30cm in leg span (RSPCA).

Mr Finch continued to explain that people should always act with caution if they find an exotic creature. 

He continued: "Finding an exotic spider, insect or reptile in a shipping or removal container actually happens quite often.

"These creatures are often picked up by mistake and end up being shut inside containers or boxes. 

"Huntsman spiders are venomous but aren’t dangerous to people although they can give a nasty bite so we would always advise caution around them.

"We always advise treating any unidentified animal with caution until identified accurately and not to try to handle an accidentally imported animal that has been discovered."

Huntsman spiders are home to parts of Australia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, and the Americas.

As they are not native to the UK, it would be illegal to release them, or to allow them to escape into the wild.

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