Denmark's (non-poisonous) tarantula season is here
The atypical or northern tarantula (atypus affinis) is prevalent in Denmarkâs natural areas at the current time of year, broadcaster TV2 reports.
The breed of spider is native to Denmark, but is normally hidden from plain sight, the broadcaster writes.
âThe northern tarantula lives in Denmark, but is almost never seen because it lives in tunnels. It makes a smart little silk bag and lives down there,â biologist and public speaker Anders Kofoed told TV2.
âBut in the autumn months, the males venture out. If the the males and females lived their whole lives underground, there wouldnât be many spiders,â Kofoed added.
The arachnids are usually between 1-2 centimetres in size when found in Denmark, where they are relatively rare.
Although they have teeth, their bites are not dangerous to humans, Kofoed said.
âThe actual poison i s not much worse that a bee or a wasp,â he told TV2.
The spiders are thought to be most prevalent on the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, and have also been observed in central Jutland, eastern Funen, on the islands of SamsÃ¸, ÃbelÃ¸ and ÃrÃ¸; and in RÃ¸snÃ¦s, a peninsula on the west coast of Zealand.
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