Venomous redback spiders, which are indigenous to Australia, have been found in Tokyo for the first time.
Ten spiders were found in a park in Mitaka on Thursday, NTV reported Friday.
Tokyo metropolitan government and Environment Ministry officials have warned people not to touch the spiders with their bare hands. A redback spider bite can cause severe headaches, muscular pain and in some cases, death, officials said.
Redbacks have been spotted in Japan before but never in Tokyo. The Environment Ministry believes they may have entered Japan aboard cargo ships from Australia.© Japan Today