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Bird-eating tarantula and venomous centipede join Stratford minibeasts

The Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire has welcomed two amazing new creatures to its Minibeast Metropolis display.

Considered to be the largest spider in the world, The Goliath Bird Eating Spider has a leg span up to a 30cm long when fully extended and is native to the rainforests of northern South America. When discovered by explorers, the  spider was allegedly eating a hummingbird and the sighting was then reported. However, despite its name, the Goliath Bird Eating spider does not normally eat birds, but is one of the few tarantulas which can capture and eat a full-grown mouse.

Also new to the Minibeast Metropolis, visitors can also see a venomous Vietnamese Centipede, also known as Scolopendra subspinipes. They are highly aggressive and have a venomous bite that causes extreme pain but is not considered fatal to humans.

 During the half term holiday, from 26 May – 3 June, visitors to the farms’s Discovery Zone will be able to take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions, aided by one of the friendly team members. Visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects. There will also be informative talks throughout the week for all the family about the beetles, leafcutter ants and tailless whip scorpion.

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm daily from 10am to 6:00pm. For more information on visiting go to or call 01789 299288.

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