Tarantulas, snails and scorpions
Around 1,500 people turned out to spend time with some creepy crawlies who took over part of the Ashford International Hotel on Sunday.
For the fourth year running the venue in Simone Weil Avenue hosted the Kent Invicta Arachnid Club’s South East Arachnid event, showcasing all manner of spiders.
More than 20,000 tarantulas were on display alongside other creatures like scorpions and stick insects.
Chris Carter, club chairman, said: “It’s hard to explain the appeal, but they all have their own personalities.
“But they’re not dangerous. I know a lot of people who own tarantulas and no one I know has ever been bitten. It’s extremely rare and I think the chances are if you do get bitten, you must have done something pretty serious to provoke it.”
Around 30 dealers on 83 tables displayed their wares.
Queen of the show was one of the world’s biggest spiders, the bird-eating tarantula, yours to own for £150.
Five-year-old Ashley Blaskett gets close up with a spider from India
Ewan Fee, four, prefers the softer cuddly toy spiders
John and Daniel Lynch with some giant yellow African land snails