PHOTOS: Landlord discovers 19 tarantulas and a python in vacant apartment

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Jeepers creepers!

A Maine landlord was in for quite the surprise after discovering that a former tenant left behind several animals in their apartment after moving out.

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Insider reports that on September 1, a landlord in Auburn, Maine called local animal rescuer Drew Desjardins after finding 19 tarantulas and a ball python in the vacant apartment.

Desjardins, who said there is “never a dull moment in my world,” shared in a Facebook post that he “received a phone call from a nervous landlord today about some abandoned animals in an apartment.”

Four of the spiders had died when Desjardins arrived, and the python had no water, but otherwise the animals “are doing well now,” he added.

Though both tarantulas and pythons are illegal in Maine without a permit, Desjardins told WGME that tarantulas are “very shy and delicate. If I took out this tarantula right now and dropped it on the ground, it’s going to break like an egg and die.”

He noted that “the movies show them as being these indestructible creatures that will just come at you if you step on them and jump on people and attack them and run after you and that's not true.”

More people die every year from being stung by a bee than from being bitten by a tarantula, Desjardins said.

It is unclear if the authorities plan to seek out the tenant who left the animals behind.

Last fall, a Florida man was shocked to find a 10-foot Burmese python under the hood of his car.

Officers from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to Dania Beach after someone found the python under the hood of a blue Ford Mustang. They were able to safely capture and remove it, said the agency.

Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but since the 1980s they have been found in the Everglades ecosystem. Female pythons can lay up to 100 eggs a year, and without a natural predator in the region, they are considered a damaging invasive species, reports History.

They were first brought to the area as exotic pets, but because they can grow to such large sizes, pet owners started releasing them into the wild. Because of this, there are no barriers for hunting them in the state of Florida, and people are allowed to humanely kill them on private land with landowner permission.

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