Everyone knows that lions can be found in Africa, buffalo in North America, kangaroos in Australia, and so on. They are native to these territories, and are common sights. This list, however, sets out to destroy some misconceptions: a few well-known animals are found in places you wouldn’t have expected to see them.
These animals are more than just escaped pets; they’re thriving, growing into ever-expanding colonies. Next time someone swears they saw a foreign creature hop across the road at night, don’t be so quick to discount them. They may be right!
1. Tarantulas in England
English readers, beware! As if being stalked by panthers wasn’t bad enough, you have Chilean Rose Tarantulas to fear as well. Growing up to 10 inches in length, these spiders arrive in shipping containers from their homeland in Central America. During particularly hot and humid months, the spiders may breed. Although a widespread colony has not yet been discovered, a handful have been found over a number of years. If found, do not approach the creature; when threatened, the spider uses its hind legs to flick small barbs at any predators, causing extreme pain and even blindness. Just do what most others do when they see a massive spider, and run the hell away!