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Dutch Customs Seizes 200 Tarantulas

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, (UPI) –  Dutch customs officials said a suitcase containing 200 live tarantulas was seized from a German couple at an Amsterdam airport.

The customs officials at Schiphol airport said the couple, who were returning from Peru, were also found to be in possession of dozens of centipedes, crickets, grasshoppers and beetles, DutchNews.nl reported Thursday.

The customs report said the insects and arachnids were seized by officers, but it did not say whether the couple would face any charges.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, I CONTEMPLATED PURCHASING A TARANTULA FROM A MAIL-ORDER BREEDER IN FLORIDA. AT THAT POINT, HE ONLY HAD BABY TARANTULAS IN STOCK, WHICH WERE EXTREMELY SMALL. [IN ADDITION, I ALSO DID NOT LIKE THE COLORS OF THE BREEDER'S SPECIMENS; I WANT A DARK-BROWN OR NEAR-BLACK TARANTULA].

    ALTHOUGH AN AVAILABLE BABY TARANTULA WOULD HAVE BEEN SHIPPED IN A PROTECTIVE CONTAINER, I WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF SUCH A SMALL TARANTULA BEING SHIPPED.

    I STILL CHECK FROM TIME-TO-TIME, WAITING UNTIL THIS BREEDER GETS A LARGER TARANTULA. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO OWN A Goliath – THE WORLD’S LARGEST TARANTULA, WHICH IS THE SIZE OF A DINNER PLATE.

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