must be a slow news day in the UK.
Haha I'd be more concerned about the snakes meself! Lol.
I love this bloke's response:
Mr Geiszler said recent heavy rain had driven the eastern tarantulas out of hiding to look for shelter, but there had been "no cases of them eating children, or anything like that."
"Although one reporter did ask me that - they were from Victoria actually."
What ! I've never seen a tarantula in my life, let alone one in Queensland. God they come up with some rubbish.
Oh yes - makes me want to fly up there right now - NOT !!!
big and venomous with huge fangs.... as he placed it on the palm of his hand.. (?) Do they not see any slight disconnect there?
oh, I guess they must mean it was dead.. even so, you wouldn't catch me putting even a dead funnel web on the palm of my hand. No chance LOL
Hi 40ishcouple, there are giant qld tarantulas... the reason you do not see them is because they live undergound and are mostly nocturnal.They are an australian theraphosid- very old world spider. They feed on mice, frogs, anything that is misfortunate enough to walk past their burrow and trigger the web. I have a friend who lives on the waterfront in Port Douglas and he has a cluster of them about 3 metres from the sea! they live in holes and at night we go out with torches and take photos of them. They are an arachnaphobes biggest nightmare!
They inhabit a wide range of habitats- from the dry inland to the rainforest.
They have a display of them at the kuranda venom zoo... here is a link
I've seen plenty of tarantulas in rural areas in NSW. We used to have a holiday home on the Sth Coast and we were constantly having to use the vacuum to get them off the ceilings as the kids used to be terrified of them ..some of them were so big that they didn't fit down the vacuum cleaner.
Oh well, watched a documentary the other day called 'Australias 10 deadliest creatures" and these spiders werent on the list.
Did make the comment to hubby that I hoped there werent many tourists watching. Its a wonder we leave the house !
eeek and I will be in PD in a few weeks... ! didn't need that reminder !! :)
good news is they arent deadly... unless you are a dog or a cat. They can give you a painful bite owing to the size of the fangs.
do not worry ... you probably will not see any. they tend to come out only when there is torrential wet season rain that fills up their holes , or during breeding season...