Pictured: Giant venomous huntsman spider - with a huge egg sac of BABIES - that jumped out of charity worker's backpack when she got back to Britain from Cameroonian rainforest
- Nora Serrat found the spider after returning from two weeks in Cameroon where she was working for charity the Rainforest Foundation UK
- The creature, which has been known to prey on scorpions and even bats, was described by a charity representative as 'feisty'
- After charity workers caught it in a cardboard box it was taken to the Zoological Society of London
By WILLIAM TURVILL
PUBLISHED: 18:57, 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 21:07, 14 March 2014
This terrifying photograph shows the venomous huntsman spider that jumped out of a charity worker’s backpack when she returned to the UK.
Nora Serrat, 32, found the spider with a huge egg sac – containing up to 400 babies – after coming back to London from a two-week charity trip to the Cameroonian rainforest.
The spider, which is known to prey on scorpions and even bats, was described by a member of the charity, the Rainforest Foundation UK, as ‘feisty’.
This is the giant venomous spider that a charity worker accidentally brought to the UK from Cameroon
According to the Evening Standard, Ms Serrat discovered the spider when she was unpacking from the trip.
The charity worker said she believes the spider crawled into her sleeping mat in the rainforest.
She told the paper: ‘It's not an impossible thing to happen considering the places we visited - but it was still a bit of a surprise.’
Ms Serrat, who specialises in mapping and forest governance for the charity, said colleagues caught the huntsman in a carton box after discovering it.
Nora Serrat, 32, found the spider with a huge egg sac - containing up to 400 babies - after returning to London from a two-week charity trip to the west African nation
They found it using a cardboard box in the charity’s Camden office.
The charity staff then contacted the Zoological Society of London for them to take the creature of their hands.
Rachel Agnew, of the charity, told the Evening Standard that no harm appeared to have come to the spider, which when they dropped it off appeared ‘alive and apparently quite feisty’.
THE SPIDERS THAT PREY ON INSECTS, SCORPIONS AND EVEN BATS
Native to the tropical regions of the world, the Heteropoda venatoria is a species of the Sparassidae, or huntsman, spiders.
Its body can grow to 2.8cm in length and the female produces an egg sac of around 2.5cm wide, which can carry up to 400 eggs.
The spiders prey of insects, scorpions and even bats.
It is sensitive to the cold, and can only live outside in certain climates.
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