Other common names: Giant Tailless Whipscorpion
Scientific name: Damon variegatus
This is an arboreal whipscorpion native to Tanzania and Kenya. They are found high up in trees or other objects with vertical height.
Appearance / health:
Including the leg span, this species can get over 8 inches. Whipscorpions always amaze people as they look like a mix between a spider, scorpion, and a crab. They walk sideways, have long skinny legs, and have pinchers in the front of their bodies like a scorpion. Body color is primarily a black or dark brown color. Legs have some banding of a lighter tank or brown color.
Behavior / temperament:
The Giant Tailless Whipscorpion is skittish but docile. In defense, they may resort to pinching, but usually just use their speed and try to hide. They are very fragile and fast so handling is not recommended. Because of the ease of care, docile nature, and attractive appearance, they are great for beginners or anyone looking to add an unusual species to their collection.
Height is more important than floor space. Any tall enclosures or tanks 5-10 gallons will be fine. Baby and younger specimens can live in any tall plastic container or jar with air holes.
Temperatures for this species should stay around 80-85F with humidity levels of 75-85%. Substrate should be 1-2 inches of peat, potting soil, or vermiculite kept moist to help humidity levels. Tank décor to add should be anything for climbing. Branches, wood, vertical pieces of bark, rocks, and other items may be used. These will also serve as hiding places.
Adults should be offered crickets, super worms, cockroaches, and other large insects. Baby and younger specimens should be offered pin head crickets, meal worms, and other small insects.
calm gentle giants, interesting pet., prehistoric looks
To me, these are the cutest little arachnids that exist, especially when theyre just spiderlings. They're more well known as cave spiders, or tailless whip scorpions, but most people I know call them "Nightmare creatures." One of them was used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during a Defense Against the Dark Arts Class (Fun tip for those of you unfamiliar with the insect or with Harry Potter for that matter!) I know they look horrifying to most people and like they could kill you or something, but they are actually one of the most gentle arachnids I have ever come across. Getting used to feeding them is a little strange compared to feeding tarantulas as the size of the food you feed them is a whole different ordeal than how you feed Ts, so they can be difficult to keep if you are a first timer. I wouldn't recommend them for beginner arachnid keepers. They are definitely an advanced species. They are also incredibly delicate with their tiny tiny little legs, but are surprisingly fast so if you take them out for any reason, BE CAREFUL. They WILL run away and they are excellent hiders as they are super thin and can fit in small cracks and also camouflaged incredibly well. Finding them in their enclosure can be tricky as they'll easily blend in with the rocks or logs that you put in for them to hide around, so don't be freaked out if you don't see them right away. When they are done being shy though, they are extremely fun to watch. Theyre movements are so fluid and alien, its different than any other pet you will ever keep. .
From arachnamancer Mar 2 2017 7:52PM