World’s largest spider discovered in UK after traveling 5,000 miles in shipping container

The Huntsman spider is not native to the UK but was accidentally shipped from China, the poisonous arachnid can reach a leg span of 12 inches and is known to eat birds and lizards

The hunter’s poisonous spider has been discovered in Hull

The world’s largest spider has been discovered in the UK after traveling 5,000 miles in a shipping container.

A venomous Huntsman spider has been found in Hull after surviving in a cargo store for about a month on its journey.

The spider, which can measure up to 12 inches in wingspan, was accidentally shipped thousands of miles from China.

It scared the staff when they unpacked it, and not out of recklessness they decided to drop it.

Although the bite of the arachnid is not fatal to humans, it can still cause heart palpitations, vomiting, and headaches.

On Friday, the RSPCA captured the spider safely.

A spokesperson for the animal welfare charity said: “Inspector Boyd has recovered this Huntsman spider.







The journey the spider Huntsman made from China to England
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“He was craving a vacation so he hopped on a shipping container in China and ended up in Hull.

“He scared the staff very much.

“He now has some R&R in a specialized rescue center”

Worryingly for arachnophobes, this is far from the first time the terrifying spider has visited the UK.

Two years ago, as the country emerged from its first lockdown, a warehouse in Southwold, Suffolk suffered a similar discovery.

A container was discovered to hold the exotic arachnid, and staff promptly called the RSPCA back.

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At the time, RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: ‘Huntsman spiders can reach up to 30cm (12 inches) in leg span, so they are quite varied.

“This spider was smaller and only measured about 6cm (2.5 inches) from leg to leg.

“He had obviously been in the container for some time with no access to food or water, but he was still active and appeared to be fine.”

He added that finding exotic spiders, insects or reptiles in shipping or moving containers “happens quite often.”

He added: “These creatures are often picked up by mistake and end up locked in containers or boxes.

“Huntsman spiders are venomous but not dangerous to people although they can give a bad bite so we always advise caution around them.

“We always advise to treat any unidentified animal with caution until it is accurately identified and not to attempt to handle an accidentally imported animal that has been discovered.”

Instead of building webs, hunter spiders earn their name by stalking and killing their prey.

They are native to parts of Australia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean basin and the Americas.

The giant spider reaches about six inches in wingspan on average, and several species of hunters use a bizarre cartwheel-like motion to get around, rolling on its legs.

Because they are not native to the UK, releasing these spiders into the wild or allowing them to escape would be an offense under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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