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Tenant Abandons Apartment, Leaves Boxes of Tarantulas Behind

A maintenance crew stumbled on a scene that's pretty much every arachnophobic's worst nightmare. Nearly 70 live scorpions and spiders were found in an abandoned apartment in Southwest Houston on Tuesday after the tenant abandoned his lease before being evicted. 

"He was real quiet, no problems, no loud noises," Jason White, a neighbor told Houston TV station KTRK

The Houston SPCA was called out to deal with the creepy crawlies as they removed dozens of taped up shoe boxes and plastic containers filled with 69 insects, most of which were babies. 

According to the Houston Zoo, all but one of the insects are considered venomous, but none are lethal. Experts say the type of animals collected from the abandoned apartment should not be considered dangerous to humans unless provoked. 

The SPCA is expected to go to court to seek custody of the animals, and they could eventually be turned over to the Houston Zoo or another animal rescue organization. 

Sgt. Christine Kencrick says this is the first time she's had to deal with something like this. "Sometimes you may see one or two along with other animals kind of thing like that. But, apparently this was his thing." 

According to the Precinct 1 constable's office, the apartment will be fumigated in case any other insects may have escaped, but we say, there's only one way to be sure...


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