A large poisonous spider spreads: a tarantula soon in Germany?

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Tarantulas in southern Russia invaded the Czech Republic and Austria. Will the big venomous spider set its sights on Germany next?

It is an example of spider terror. And her name and her sight cause intense terror not only for those suffering from arachnophobia. Movies like Jack Arnold’s 1955 Tarantula or Stuart Hageman’s Tarantula – They Come to Kill (1977) cemented the horrific reputation of the big eight-legged creatures. One of these poisonous spiders has been spreading far from its native habitat, the steppes of Eurasia, for years – to neighboring German countries such as the Czech Republic or Austria. To the dismay of many people, is it possible that a tarantula in the south of Russia could reach Germany like a crooked spider?

The tarantula in the south of Russia also frightens people with its colossal size. Females are up to four centimeters long, and the leg length is seven centimeters. This is the one that belongs to the family of wolf spiders Likuza Singorensis Next to the tarantula deserta spider and the Greek tube spider, the largest representative of the web spider in Europe. No wonder panic prevailed in Austria as more and more animals suddenly appeared in parts of the country.

Kindly South Russian Tarantula (Lycosa singoriensis)
family wolf spiders
Body length / leg extension Up to four centimeters / Up to seven centimeters
incident in europe Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania
food Arthropods, smaller vertebrates

Poisonous spider conquers Austria: is this tarantula also coming to Germany?

Unlike the deadliest spider in the world, which is repeatedly forced to evacuate supermarkets in Germany, the South Russian tarantula is not at all aggressive. On the contrary: the feared animal is daytime and hides in its burrows during the day. And unlike all the horror movies, like the desert monster, humans definitely aren’t on his list, just other arthropods or smaller vertebrates. That is why Austrian spider expert Gerhard Polachek says otherwise today: “Even if you meet the animal, there is no need to be afraid.”

The fact that spiders are now increasingly common in countries far from their original origin is a consequence of global warming, the restriction of their usual habitats and the ever-increasing globalization. Thus, by his actions, man brings animals into the country which he does not necessarily want. Great Britain could sing a song about it. Thanks to the introduced spider, its bite can lead to amputation or even death in humans for a very special reason.

The South Russian Tarantula in Germany – what’s the probability?

Whoever was bitten by a southern Russian tarantula must first have disturbed the animal to the point of blood – as is the case with the small tarantula that lives in Germany. And even in this case, an antidote is not needed: temporary pain, redness and swelling at the site of the bite and any associated fever quickly subside. Dr. Christian Kombusch, a specialist in arachnids at the Institute of Animal Ecology and Natural Regional Planning in Graz, points out to RTL that the bite can be easily treated with a high dose of calcium and heat.

The super power of the tarantula in southern Russia

Tarantula hairs in southern Russia allow it to swim while crossing large rivers and stay on the surface of the water for up to a week. It is also possible for it to remain in its living tube for a long time even if it is completely submerged in water.

But what about the tarantulas in southern Russia and Germany now that they are more and more spotted in the neighboring Czech Republic? Would people in this country also have to live with the large eight-legged creature as with the thorn-toe of a poisonous nurse? Komposch calms down, but keeps the final answer open – by telling RTL: “Global warming helps species. It may continue to make progress westward – but the probability is not very high.”

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