Thursday, August 17, 2017

Venomous tarantulas migrate to Urals region with global warming

In recent years, the presence of venomous tarantulas in the South Urals has increased-- a phenomenon that area scientists are attributing to climate change.

Such tarantulas typically prefer the warm and dry climates of nearby Kazakhstan. However, as the weather in the Urals has increased gradually over the last decade, the venomous tarantulas have begun to migrate into the Chelyabinsk region and gradually into the Sverdlovsk region, ITAR-TASS reports.

"Over the last decade, the situation has changed dramatically," Sverdlovsk area climatologist Pavel Kostinev said, according to ITAR-TASS. "As a result, southern animals began to explore new spaces, getting over all further north."

Specifically, the tarantulas are attracted to the terrain conditions caused by garden plots in the Ural region, as they contain warm moist soil and insects which the giant spiders consume.

While venomous tarantulas do not typically target humans to attack, those living in the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions should still exercise caution when confronting one, ITAR-TASS reports.

"Nevertheless, the tarantulas are poisonous," Kostinev said, ITAR-TASS reports. "Their bites cause swelling and pain."