An exotic spider and a scorpion were stolen in an unusual break-in at a house in the Black Country.
The offender smashed a window to gain entry to the property on Rushmere Road in Tipton, but police said nothing else was taken in the burglary.
The householder returned from holiday on Monday to find the white-kneed tarantula and the black scorpion had been taken from their tank.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
Officers say the creatures are not dangerous but are normally kept in heated tanks and need special care.