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Today we learned that not only do tarantulas come in all sorts of different sizes, colors and temperaments (just like dogs), pet tarantulas have devoted owners, some of whom attend highly competitive tarantula shows. It’s the fuzzy arachnid equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show and it’s put on by the British Tarantula Society. The 29th annual BTS exhibition just took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. There were over 30,000 tarantulas in attendance. That’s nearly a quarter million furry spider legs in one building. (It’s probably best to not linger on that tidbit for too long.)
Inspired attendees could also buy their own tarantulas and other awesome bugs like scorpions and stick insects from around 40 vendors. But they could not, under any circumstances, handle a tarantula or any other invertebrate while at the show. The penalty: immediate expulsion. Tarantulas look fierce, but they are actually somewhat fragile and can be fatally injured if dropped.
Visit Wired to learn more about this awesome event.
Photos by Peter Kirk. (We like to imagine that the second photo was taken during the show spider talent competition.)
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