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When I went to pick up a bunch of bananas in Sainsbury's today, I got this too.
An exotic-looking specimen!!
Did you tell anyone he was there, Charlie? It's just that spiders are often imported in banana boxes and foreign species like that are usually rounded up and either sent to the local zoo or the like for identification. If they are likely to be dangerous to our natural fauna and are unusual in their place of origin, they can sometimes be sent home!
I hope they didn't charge you for it Charlie.Ann
I didn't have enough time to tell all the story last night ...When I went to buy some bananas there was a bunch of six which weren't too green and not too battered. In the middle of them was the spider. I flicked it out gently and it sat inside the cardboard box. I took the photo and was looking at it when a woman came along to get a bunch of bananas. I thought it only right and proper that I tell her about the spider. She then went and got someone whilst I stood 'guard'.The Sainsbury's staff then put up a 'wet floor' sign [presumably their 'Dangerous Spider' sign was being used elsewhere] and one of the staff stood beside the spider [and the bananas] to keep people away. This did not stop 7 or 8 Sainsbury's staff coming out and looking at the spider. I did ask them if it was going to be treated humanely but the person I spoke to didn't quite know what to say in reply. I left them to it.Today though I went back into the shop and asked after the spider. Someone informed me that it was "chilling" and by "chilling" I believe she meant it had been frozen. They have to send off the spider so it can be identified. The bananas come from Colombia and "the boys" in Sainsbury's believe it is a Hobo Spider ... well be that as it may I assume the spider is no longer with us.
Always an adventure, eh Charlie?It's funny. The other day I saw a little boy carefully examining the bananas before he chose a bunch. I mentioned this to my mother (the little lad was about three years old) and she said "He was probably looking for spiders." I didn't say anything, but thought it unlikely, given his age. Then I came here and saw your blog.
I don't know whether adventures come looking for me or that I seek them out. I actually don't blog about all my adventures ... like the guy who overtook me at a junction on Saturday and then turned across in front of me as I was waiting to cross the main road. Sorry ... there I go again.As for spiders in bananas we all need to be more careful Pet.
Yikes...it looks like a juvenile tarantuala to me. They can be tamed and made into pets.
This is one juvenile tarantula who is going nowhere by the sound of things.