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Tarantula surprises resident

Friday, 4th April, 2014

This large Eastern Tarantula was found wandering at the rear of a Wolfram Street home. It had a leg span of about 12cm, but the species grow to almost double that size. This large Eastern Tarantula was found wandering at the rear of a Wolfram Street home. It had a leg span of about 12cm, but the species grow to almost double that size.

By Darrin Manuel

A late night cigarette break became a frightening ordeal for a Wolfram Street resident after a large tarantula was found lurking near the back door.

Mat Lukins, 36, said his girlfriend went out for a smoke about 12.30am yesterday, and received a shock when she was confronted by an eight-legged intruder.

“Tina screamed for me ‘to get my arse outside’ and there was a big spider by the back door, as soon as I saw it I thought it was a tarantula,” said Mat.

“It was the biggest spider I’d seen in Broken Hill.”

He then took the spider to the local National Parks and Wildlife Service office, who said that it was most likely a Phlogius Crassipes, or Eastern Tarantula.

The spider is generally found in numerous regions in Queensland, but has been known to wander south of the border on occasion.

The tarantulas can grow to 9cm in length with a leg span of 23 centimetres, and eat large insects, small mammals, amphibians and even birds.

Its bite is not fatal to humans, but can cause six hours vomiting or kill a family pet.

Although the large tarantulas are often kept as pets, Mr Lukins said he would take the spider into the bush and set it free.

“I could set it up in a tank and it would grow really big and fat, but I’ll just let him go.”

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