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Along came a Spider ‘smuggler’?

A British man has been arrested at Rio de Janeiro airport for attempting to smuggle at least 1,000 live spiders out of Brazil in his luggage.

The pet shop owner was arrested on Wednesday after security X-rays detected the spiders in two suitcases.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Spider ‘smuggler’ arrested in Rio.

 

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November 13, 2009 Posted by | animals, Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Along came a Spider ‘smuggler’?

Along came a spider but don’t worry. It’s vegetarian.

American scientists have discovers a spider that feeds almost exclusively on plant food. The findings are significant because of the known approximately 40,000 species of spiders in the world, all were thought to be strict predators.

More via Scientists Discover Rare Vegetarian Spider | AHN

October 13, 2009 Posted by | animals, plant, Strange | , | Comments Off on Along came a spider but don’t worry. It’s vegetarian.

And you thought picnic ants were a bug problem…

Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

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.

via Giant spiders – Times Online.

There’s more at the link, complete with pictures.

May 6, 2009 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on And you thought picnic ants were a bug problem…

Along came a spider, then a lighter, then three firetrucks

A man had to be rescued after setting the front of his house on fire while trying to kill a spider with a lighter.

Firefighters say the man, in his 40s, had been trying to set fire to the spider as it crawled up the front of the semi-detached property

But sparks reached material behind the cladding and caused a fire within the walls, shortly before midnight.

via Man set house on fire while trying to kill a spider with a lighter – Telegraph.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Along came a spider, then a lighter, then three firetrucks

Along came a spider and sat down beside her…

More at Associated Press

A tiny Australian hospital is closing temporarily because of an infestation of poisonous spiders.

The Baralaba Multi Purpose Health Service will close for 24 hours starting Thursday morning so officials can fumigate the building to get rid of redback spiders that have been found in large numbers in the main part of the hospital.

April 23, 2008 Posted by | animals, Strange | , , | Comments Off on Along came a spider and sat down beside her…