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FOI 9876

Licence to keep Spiders


Please would you tell me:

1. The number of people who currently have licenses to keep spiders under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (as amended with The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order

The relevant spiders are as follows:

Family Ctenidae: Wandering spiders.
The genus Phoneutria.

Family Hexathelidae: The Sydney funnel-web spider and its close relatives.
The genus Atrax.

Family Sicariidae: Brown recluse spiders (otherwise known as violin spiders).
The genus Loxosceles.

Family Theridiidae: The widow spiders and close relatives.
The genus Latrodectus.


Our Borough has issued only one DWA licence for a Wondering Spider.