European tarantula

Eu·ro·pe·an ta·ran·tu·la

Lycosa tarentula, the large European wolf spider or true tarantula Its bite was once believed to cause madness, which inspired frenzied contortions and dancing to rid the body of the venom, although the bite is, in fact, harmless, as is that of most of the large, hairy "tarantula spiders" of the tropics.
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After catching it, the animal collection officer took the spider -- a female European tarantula -- to an RSPCA Wildlife Centre to be re-homed.
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