Six live tarantulas in car found at Tuas checkpoint

Six live tarantulas were found in a car during a routine check at Tuas checkpoint on 4 January 2018. Photo: The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority.

It is the stuff of nightmares for people who suffer from arachnophobia but for one Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer, finding unusual contraband like six live tarantulas while on duty was par for the course.

The officer found the tarantulas kept in containers that were on the rear passenger seat of a car while conducting a check at Tuas checkpoint, ICA and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a joint statement on Thursday (11 January 2018). The car was driven by a 33-year-old Singaporean man.

After the case was referred to AVA for investigation, the authority conducted checks at the man’s residence and seized 92 more tarantulas.

The tarantulas are being cared for by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Tarantulas are not allowed to be kept as pets in Singapore.

Travellers are reminded not to bring live animals, birds and insects into Singapore without a proper permit, ICA and AVA said.