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Help name the world's biggest spider

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

  • Carrie Alcock with the Goliath Bird Eating spider.

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IF YOU jump with fear when a spider gets stuck in the bath, then imagine finding this monster!

And the Goliath Bird Eating Spider pictured here is only a baby – it's the biggest type of spider in the world and should grow to be the size of a dinner plate.

Now the creature's owner is asking Post & Times readers to help name the creature.

Carrie Alcock, of Tean, who owns Rent-A-Beast, has adopted the spider as a new showpiece for her collection.

The spider joins around 300 mini-beasts which Carrie rents out and exhibits to schools, nurseries and other organisations, as well as appearing at birthday parties, fetes, carnivals, eco-days and even christenings and weddings, across the Staffordshire Moorlands and further afield.

Carrie said: "I've had her for a month and she is an excellent educational aid and an example of how big spiders get, as Goliath Bird Eating Spiders are the biggest species of Tarantula in the world.

"She isn't something that I can handle or get out like the other beasts, because they are quite aggressive and when they are fully grown they are the size of dinner plates with fangs the size of a Cheetah's claw. At the moment she's only a baby, so is more like the size of a side plate.

"They do have venom, but unlike spiders like Black Widows and Funnel Webs, Tarantula venom isn't deadly.

"They have a nasty defence mechanism which involves flicking their hair off their abdomen to deter predators."

Carrie is asking readers if they can come up with a name for her new spider for a chance to win a mini-beast to look after for a week.

You get to choose between an African Land Snail, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach or Giant Borneo Stick Insect.

To enter send your name, age, contact details and suggested name to Name The Spider Competition, Post & Times, 21-24 The Smithfield Centre, Haywood Street, Leek, ST13 5JW.

Carrie's team also run holiday clubs at Christchurch Hall in Tean and Heath Community Centre in Uttoxeter; the next one takes place in Tean on Tuesday, April 22, from 2pm to 4pm.

Rent-a-Beast also provides a wide range of services including pet schemes, chick incubation hire and mini beast parties.

For further information visit www.rentabeast.org

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