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Forget H1N1, Giant Spiders Are The New Cane Toads.

May 6, 2009


(via The Times Online)

Scores of eastern tarantulas, which are known as “bird-eating spiders” and can grow larger than the palm of a man’s hand, have begun crawling out from gardens and venturing into public spaces in Bowen, a coastal town about 700 miles northwest of Brisbane.

Earlier this week locals spotted an Australian tarantula wandering towards a public garden in the centre of town where people often sit for lunch.

Oh, but wait:

While not deadly like other Australian spiders, the eastern tarantulas are venomous and can grow up to 6cm (2.4in) long with a leg span of 16cm (6.3in). Despite their common name, they do not eat birds, but can kill a dog with one bite, and make a human very sick.

Sort of a “Good News / Bad News” scenerio, huh?

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 7, 2009 7:12 AM

    OMG. Totally scary to see in my RSS reader before 9AM 😉

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