updated 6/14/2006 12:49:11 PM ET 2006-06-14T16:49:11

A British man admits he delivered a package containing a venomous tarantula to a colleague from work.

Mahlon Hector made the admission in court in central Britain, saying he delivered the rare Mexican red-kneed tarantula in a box addressed to a woman at a branch of the store where they both worked. The intended recipient was not hurt. After discovering the spider, store staff alerted animal control officials, who took it away.

The spider is one of the most common spiders used in movies because of its scary appearance. With a hairy dark brown body, it has a leg span measuring up to ten inches. An official says it’s not the most dangerous species of tarantula but its bite could be fatal if someone has an allergic reaction.

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