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Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion

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Other common names: Giant Tailless Whipscorpion

Scientific name: Damon variegatus

The basics:
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.

Housing:
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.

Diet:
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.

wonderful

calm gentle giants, interesting pet., prehistoric looks

challenging

scary appearance

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Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion

From Mar 2 2017 7:52PM

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