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Maine landlord forced to rescue 15 tarantulas and one python after he finds them left behind

House of horrors! Maine landlord discovers his tenant has moved out and left 19 illegal TARANTULAS and a python in his property

  • Maine landlord found to his horror that his tenant had moved out and abandoned a menagerie of creepy crawlies in his property 
  • The unnamed landlord found 19 tarantulas in total, 15 of which were still alive, and a python when he checked the home on Wednesday 
  • Tarantulas and pythons are among the list of animals that are illegal to own as pets in Maine  


A Maine landlord found to his horror that his tenant had moved out and abandoned a menagerie of creepy crawlies in his property.

The unnamed landlord found 19 tarantulas in total, 15 of which were still alive, and a python when he checked the home on Wednesday.

The tarantulas and python were being kept illegally as Maine is currently the only state that does not allow its citizens to have a tarantula as a pet.  

After finding the creatures, the landlord called animal rescuer Drew Desjardins, who has added them to his personal collection.

A Maine landlord found to his horror that his tenant had moved out and abandoned a menagerie of creepy crawlies in his property 

The unnamed landlord found 19 tarantulas in total, 15 of which were still alive, and a python when he checked the home on Wednesday

The unnamed landlord found 19 tarantulas in total, 15 of which were still alive, and a python when he checked the home on Wednesday 

The animals were found without any water after being abandoned by the previous tenant. Tarantulas and pythons are illegal to have as pets in Maine and Dr. Drew is working on relocating them

The animals were found without any water after being abandoned by the previous tenant. Tarantulas and pythons are illegal to have as pets in Maine and Dr. Drew is working on relocating them 

In a Facebook post, Desjardins wrote: ‘Received a phone call from a nervous landlord today about some abandoned animals in an apartment in Auburn. 19 tarantulas (4 dead) and all are illegal in Maine and a ball python that had no water. All are doing well now.

‘Never a dull moment in my world.’ 

The animals will be relocated and is it unknown if the former tenant is being sought after.  

Desjardins, who goes by ‘Dr. Drew’, has an outreach program for neglected or unwanted exotic animals and has a large collection including Kobe the tortoise, Abby the kingsnake, and Creature the tegu that he uses to teach classes and perform shows at birthday parties. 

Tarantulas and pythons aren’t the only exotic animals banned from being kept as a pet in Maine.  

Others include wild turkeys, bears, lion, alligator, monkeys, mute swans, according to the Spruce Pets

In a Facebook post, animal rescuer Dr. Drew wrote that his line of work never has 'a dull moment'

In a Facebook post, animal rescuer Dr. Drew wrote that his line of work never has ‘a dull moment’

Dr. Drew, who has a collection of exotic animals he uses to teach classes and perform shows at birthday parties, has been working to help rehabilitate exotic animals for years

Dr. Drew, who has a collection of exotic animals he uses to teach classes and perform shows at birthday parties, has been working to help rehabilitate exotic animals for years

A nervous landlord in Maine had to call upon Drew Desjardins (left and right), who goes by ‘Dr. Drew,’ to take home 15 tarantulas and a python he found in an Auburn apartment 

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