Tarantula rescued by SPCA in Amityville
A rose-haired tarantula has been rescued from outside an Amityville home, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday.
The society was alerted to the find by local police, and Suffolk SPCA chief Roy Gross said the large arachnid was found in a plastic container in front of a Grand Avenue home.
All tarantulas are venomous, and bites can cause "serious discomfort," Gross said, though he's heard of no human fatality. "Tarantulas are not the best choice as a pet."