Taran­tu­las, snails and scor­pi­ons

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

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.

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Five-year-old Ash­ley Blas­kett gets close up with a spi­der from In­dia

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Ewan Fee, four, prefers the softer cud­dly toy spiders

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John and Daniel Lynch with some gi­ant yel­low African land snails

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