As if the hurricanes, alligators and “Florida men” aren’t enough, now the Panhandle State is being invaded by a new species of venomous, “tarantula-like” spiders, experts say.
Officially known as the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider, the forest arachnid can live in a single burrow for decades, says Frank Ridgely manager of Zoo Miami Conservation & Veterinary Services. “The fact that a new species like this could be found in a fragment of endangered forest in the middle of the city underscores the importance of preserving these ecosystems before we lose not only what we know, but also what is still to be discovered,” Ridgely says.
However, despite their menacing appearance, Floridians needn’t be too concerned about the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider invasion; experts say their bite is no worse than a bee sting.
A new species of spider has been found in Miami! Take a look at the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider 🕷https://t.co/2LQOj7Y7Pg— Palm Coast Pest Ctrl (@PalmCoastPestCo) April 28, 2021