Yes, you can really adopt a pet tarantula from MSPCA-Angell

Her name is Gwen πŸ•·

Arachnophobes, stop scrolling now. Arachnophiles, good news!

MSPCA-Angell, the independent animal shelter and medical care facility headquartered in Jamaica Plain, has a tarantula up for adoption as of Tuesday. Her name is Gwen and she’s beautiful in her own way.

Gwen β€” possibly named for Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Man love interest who herself gets those trademark tingly powers in an alternate reality version of the Marvel comic series β€” is most likely a rose hair tarantula, a common and docile pet species imported from South America. The MSPCA said the eight-legged lady was surrendered to the shelter on Jan. 10 by a family who moved into a new home and couldn’t bring her along.

“It’s always interesting for our staff and volunteers when a tarantula comes into our care as they are so unusual for us to see at the adoption center,” director of adoption centers and programs Mike Keiley said. He added that only 10 tarantulas have been surrendered to the MSPCA in 20 years.

The MSPCA couldn’t confirm if the arachnid is actually female, but if she is, the fully-grown four-year-old could live for 15 or more years, as they can live much longer than their male counterparts.

The shelter is seeking experienced tarantula owners to bring Gwen to a new home. Those who are interested can email [email protected]


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