Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2007

Jumping tarantula with venomous fangs rescued

August 18, 2007


— An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it.

"This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

He said the spider is aggressive and can jump 3 feet and bite with its large fangs. The bites are dangerous to humans.

The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body 5 inches long that is covered in orange hair. Male baboon spiders can have a leg span of about 8 inches, and the female is even larger.

Gross said he was glad the owner, whose name was not released, called the SPCA instead of dumping the spider.

"This spider is so aggressive, it will bite you just to bite you," he said. "It's not a pet you want to cuddle up with at night."

The SPCA took the spider to a sanctuary for reptiles and other animals.


Mike Birch 10 years, 10 months ago

"This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of." Yeah, thats just what I want in my house!

I once had a friend who bought two crocodiles from a pet store. He kept them in a horse trough in his house and fed them goldfish. Needless to say, the crocs just kept getting bigger and bigger. They were a lot of fun until he got seriously bitten on his forearm by one of them. What did he do with them. Well, he beat the one that bit him to death and then released the other one and called the sheriff's dept and said "Hey, there is a crocodile in my front yard could you send animal control out to get it."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 10 months ago

Sounds almost exactly like what BushCo did with infamous crocodiles such as Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega, DownHomeDude.

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