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Perth tarantula escapes from enclosure and sparks panic in Mindarie as resident search for it

An escaped tarantula named Screwbox has sparked panic in a suburban home after a storm caved the ceiling in, smashing its enclosure.  

Pet sitter Tahlia Renton, 24, returned to her family home to discover the ceiling had caved in and smashed the tarantula enclosure in the Perth

Parts of Mindarie were flooded on Tuesday evening with one car having to be pulled from the rising water and trees smashing through windshields. 

The wild weather caused the ceiling to collapse in a room where Ms Renton keeps nine tarantulas, a python and a bearded dragon. 

But when she only counted eight tarantulas, she feared that the venomous spider could fatally bite her two pet dogs. 

An escaped tarantula named Screwbox has sparked panic in a suburban home after a storm caved the ceiling in, smashing its enclosure (stock image)

Pet sitter Tahlia Renton, 24, returned to her family home to discover the ceiling had caved in and smashed the tarantula enclosure in the Perth suburb of Mindarie on Wednesday

'Not knowing if the spider was hurt or it had gotten out… they're non-venomous to humans but if the dogs were to try and catch it or play with it, it can be a fatal bite to them,' she told PerthNow 

Ms Renton began searching for Screwbox and eventually found it 'scared stiff' from the roof collapsing and enclosure breaking. 

'They can dash extremely fast so it was very slow and nerves were through the collapsed roof,' Ms Renton joked.  

'It was always going to be a slow and steady process.'

She eventually managed to coax the hairy arachnid into a plastic container, which was filled with peat bedding.

Ms Renton said the ceiling collapsed between 8:30am and 11:30am on Wednesday morning while she was out but was surprised because there was no obvious damage to her roof. 

Perth was lashed with winds of up to 126km/h on Tuesday evening while Mindarie was inundated with almost 20mm of rain on Wednesday. 

In Mindarie, trees also smashed through the windshield of cars, while one car was seen floating in rapidly rising floodwaters, reports ABC news. 

Ms Renton suspects a leak in the roof allowed water built up in the attic, which eventually caused the ceiling to cave in. 

Ms Renton feared for the lives of her two pet dogs as tarantula venom is highly potent for canines. Eventually, she managed to find the tarantula and put it back in an enclosure