Dangerous Brazilian sets up home in Stratford on Avon

Friday 19 October 2012 Updated: 21/12 08:44

Latest News

Buy photos » Stratford Butterfly Farm's latest resident - a Brazilian Wandering spider. (s)

SECURITY has been stepped up at Stratford Butterfly Farm following the arrival of a new inmate.

The Swan's Nest Lane attraction is now home to the Brazilian Wandering spider - the deadliest spider in the world.

Wandering spiders - so-called because they wander the jungle floor at night - are extremely venomous as well as being particularly aggressive. Usually found in tropical South and Central America, the deadly spider appeared in the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the world's most venomous spider.

Housed inside an alarmed cage to ensure complete safety, visitors are able to get within inches of the new arrival.

Although deadly, bites from this spider are rare as they wisely prefer to avoid large animals such as humans. Should someone be unlucky enough to get bitten then side-effects including loss of muscle control, severe pain, difficulty breathing, and oxygen deprivation could eventually cause death.

The spider's leg span can grow up to five inches with a body length of nearly two inches long.

Stratford Butterfly Farm spokeswoman Emma Bartholomew said: “We are delighted to have a Brazilian Wandering spider amongst our many inhabitants! Although dangerous, the spider is safely installed in one of our alarmed tanks and completely safe for visitors to view."

Visit www.butterflyfarm.co.uk for further details.

Popular »

1 Changes to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service approved

2 Dad of fallen paratrooper goes to Afghanistan in memory

3 The Witch of Edmonton Review - RSC, Stratford on Avon

4 Wellesbourne remembers Great War troops

5 Global Gathering cancelled

More news »

Stratford council chiefs studying Government grant

COUNCIL chiefs are looking closely at the implications

No fix for Stratford on Avon car park lift

USERS of a multi-storey car park in Stratford

Bard for business

SHAKESPEARE is playing his part in boosting business

Countryfile at Ragley Hall

RAGLEY Hall will be star of BBC's Countryfile

Regional news »


Evesham Observer
Knives in car lead to unpaid work

A FATHER-of-two who hid a kitchen knife under his car ...

Redditch Standard
Spooktacular twist for thrill-seekers

VISITING your favourite theme park always guarantees a day packed ...

Leamington Observer
Live on is message for Warwickshire poppy appeal

LIVE On is the message of this year's poppy appeal ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.