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Endangered blue tarantula with venomous bite crawls over owner’s arm

BLUE-MING SCARY

Barcelona medical student Daniel Valcarcel says that as the spider get older 'the blue colours become brighter' and that it is an 'expert climber' being able to climb up vertical glass very easily

THIS blue beastie is one very scary spider.

The endangered poecilotheria metallica is six inches long and has a venomous bite.

But that doesn’t stop owner Daniel Valcarcel, 22, letting the terrifying tarantula crawl all over his arm.

The Barcelona medical student said: “She has been in my care since 2015.

“It’s thrilling because as she grows older and bigger, the blue colours become brighter.”

He added: “A bite puts one through unbearable pain and things like fever, nausea and muscle cramps.”

"Death is extremely unlikely but could happen if the person bitten happened to be allergic to the venom."

He also said there is very little chance of his tarantula, which was bred in captivity, falling from his arms because it is an ‘expert climber, able to walk on glass walls and ceilings with ease’.

Expert advice suggests the act of manipulating poecilotheria is 'thoroughly discouraged' since species belonging to the genus possess venom which can lead to 'very painful reactions and significant medical conditions'.

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