Thousands of baby spiders have hatched at Bristol Zoo as part of a world first breeding programme to save the critically endangered species.Read the full story ›
Police operating on the M5 on the edge of Gloucestershire had a nasty surprise on Sunday (18 June).
They stopped a disqualified driver at junction 8 near Tewkesbury only to find they had 200 tarantulas on board.
Now the spiders are relatively harmless but they don't look it and it took courage for the officers to deal with them. Here's their tweet!
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A woman from East Devon who was bitten by a false widow spider says the pain was so intense she thought it was a snake-bite.Read the full story ›
A man from Bath was hospitalised for three nights after a suspected spider bite.Read the full story ›
Homes are set for an invasion of venomous false widow spiders, experts have warned, thanks to perfect conditions for a population boom.Read the full story ›
Our Environment Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme writes about his day chasing spiders in DorsetRead the full story ›
Staff at a Royal Navy airbase are being forced to wear gloves - after an invasion of poisonous SPIDERS. Hundreds of noble false widow spiders - about the size of a 50p piece - have been spotted at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Culdrose in Cornwall.
Workers at one factory on the site are now wearing latex gloves to stop them getting bitten by the arachnids - which have bee-like stings.
Bristol Zoo is celebrating the successful breeding of more than 140 tiny tarantulas. They are a month old but are smaller than a five pence piece. They are on show with their somewhat larger mother in the zoo's Tropical Breeding Room, as Tamsin Eames reports.