A tarantula has been spotted on a Stevenage footpath by a woman who is "deathly scared of spiders."

A tarantula believed to be a grammostola pulchra - commonly known as a Brazilian black - was seen by Illyana Bass on the footpath between Harvey Road and Faraday Road at about 1.30pm today (Wednesday).

She said: "At first I was taken aback. I took a closer look and all my hairs stood on end when I saw it slowly moving among the leaves."


Illyana's husband, Matthew, said he "would guess it's an escaped pet," adding that his wife "is deathly scared of spiders."

Although a Brazilian black possesses urticating hairs, they would much rather flee than attack. Their venom is not as irritating as many other species of tarantulas.