Deadly spiders found on Teesside

Highly venomous Black Widow spiders have been discovered at a business on Teesside. The arachnids, which have a venom that is thought to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s, are thought to have hidden in an industrial freight.

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Poisonous spiders discovered on Teesside

A Black Widow which was discovered on Teesside Credit: Naturally Wild

Black Widow spiders have been recovered from a business on Teesside.

They were discovered by employees at a company which does not want to be named.

It's thought that the highly poisonous North American spiders may have travelled to the UK in a freight shipment.

They were caught by wildlife expert Jack Fenwick from Guisborough-based Naturally Wild Consultants.

Mr Fenwick said that, while the Black Widow is highly venomous, fatalities from bites are rare.

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