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GIANT VENOMOUS SPIDERS ADD NEW BITE

Visitors to Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, will be greeted by the pitter patter of dozens of hairy legs after the arrival of a quartet of giant spider species.

The awesome arachnids are taking up residence in the North Queensferry attraction’s ‘8’ walk-in display, which is home to a variety of exotic spiders.

Among the new arrivals are a species of tarantula which can reach nearly a foot in legspan, a giant spider which has learned how to parachute and a foul-tempered African species whose common name is the ‘orange bitey thing’!

Deep Sea World’s Michael Morris said: “Visitors will have the chance to see some truly extraordinary spider species with some pretty amazing attributes and fairly terrifying reputations.

“The orange bitey thing, or baboon spider, is found throughout Africa, but most commonly in Angola. It is by far the most aggressive and fast moving species housed here, with a nasty temper.

“They have the largest fangs of our collection, relative to size, at 20mm. The species gets its name from its tendency to bite without displaying any kind of threat behaviour, resulting in intense pain,” he added.

Other new species include the burgundy goliath bird-eating tarantula which belongs to the group of the largest spiders in the world. A fully grown adult female can reach almost a foot in leg-span, weighing over 100 grams.

This species is native to Guyana, where it lives in areas dense humid jungle, particularly marshy or swampy areas, inhabiting deep burrows.

The red slate ornamental tarantula is an Indian tree-dwelling species, living in the monsoon forests.

Another name for this species is the reddish parachute spider, which comes from its ability to leap from huge heights in the trees, spreading its legs and sailing to the ground.

The Indian ornamental tarantula is a tree dwelling species found in Western and Eastern Ghats, India. As full grown adults these are a large species, with a full grown female reaching up to a seven inch legspan.

They prey mostly on flying insects, as they are fast enough to seize these mid-flight, paralysing them with their venomous bite and then devouring them.