Meed my fanged flatmate - Andy Seaman's spider lodger
Unusual spider living in
the brickwork of Andy Seaman's Canterbury house
A venomous green-fanged spider normally found in the
Mediterranean has set up home on a Canterbury doorstep.
Believed to be the first sighted in the city, the segestria
florentina is living in a wall at university lecturer Andy Seaman’s
flat in Chaucer Road.
The 29-year-old was given a fright by his new eight-legged
flatmate after moving to the street in January.
Close-up of Andy Seaman's
He said: “I started to notice it because the web got bigger and
bigger and it began eating the other spiders around it.
“I managed to get it to come out of its tunnel and when it first
ran out I jumped back about a metre.
The segestria florentina is better known as the tube-web spider
or channel spider.
The first records of the spider in Britain date back to
The species is native to southern Europe but numbers in southern
Britain have increased since the 1990s.
Its bite can cause severe pain for up to six hours.
Mothers often die when their offspring are born and are then
eaten by the babies.
“Now I’m fascinated by it. I think it is interesting because it
shows the climate is changing and British nature is also
After carrying out his own research, Mr Seaman discovered the
spider has a vicious bite and can cause severe pain to humans.
Unwanted house guest?
The Segestria Florentina spider
He said: “Apparently it is a bit like a deep injection. It is
not something I want to experiment with now I’ve seen its big
“Having said that, he is part of the fabric. He is right next to
the front door and is a resident.”
Mr Seaman says his sighting is believed to be the first recorded
in Canterbury after checking with the British Arachnological
He said: “There is a map of sightings in Kent. Canterbury
doesn’t have one yet.
“I was asked for my postcode so this could well be the first
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