A few days ago I had the opportunity to see the very rare and illusive Tailless Whip Scorpion. A technician was able to catch the unusual arachnid while on a job, and was able to bring it into the office for further observation. The experience was a first for me, and it was really rather extraordinary to see this creature in person. The story even made the evening news.
The Tailless Whip Scorpion
Some arachnids are very well-known. We all see spiders and scorpions quite frequently here in Arizona. There are also less known arachnids like the tailless whip-scorpion. Whip-scorpions have six legs in which they can run sideways on. They also have very vicious pincers that are used to catch their prey. Their prey includes most types of ground insects. A single cricket can nourish the Whip Scorpion for up to six months.
Are Tailless Whip Scorpions Safe?
Whip-scorpions differ from their scorpion cousin in that they do not have a stinger and are non-venomous. Whip-tail Scorpions are safe for humans to hold, if you can get past their frightening appearance. They have no silk glands or venomous fangs, but can spray a digestive enzyme containing an acid that is used to stun its prey. They hardly ever bite if threatened, but can grasp you with their pedipalps (pinchers) which can be uncomfortable.
Watch Out For Other Types of Scorpions!
While Tailless Whip Scorpions are safe, their scorpion cousins are not. They can be very dangerous to your health and the health of your family.
If you are having scorpion problems, contact a local pest control professional immediately!
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