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Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion
(Damon variegatus)
by Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by
Frank Somma

Giant Tailless Whipscorpion
Specimen provided by Frank Somma.

Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

     The Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion is a truly unique arachnid species! They are very nice animals, unfortunately, they are not common to the market. Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpions will breed in captivity though. The female carries the eggs underneath her abdomen, as does the Giant Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus). Unlike the Giant Vinegaroon, Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpions lack a tail. Yet, the adults of this species are larger than Giant Vinegaroons in legspan! You can easily notice the long pair of legs in the photo to the left. Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpions are suitable for beginners because they have a gentle disposition, yet are attractive to professionals due to the size and scarcity of them. These arachnids do not possess any venom, but they can pinch for defense, although the Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpion rarely uses its' pinchers. They are skittish, fragile, and can be fast at times, therefore, handling is not recommended. Tanzanian Giant Tailless Whipscorpions need a wide vertical surface in their enclosure, because they are arboreal, yet they walk sideways, like a crab. Overall, these interesting tailless whipscorpions make for a great addition to any arachnid collection.
Range Tanzania and Kenya.
Type Arboreal.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size Up to 8.5 inches, with legs spread.
Growth Medium speed.
Temperature Around 80 F.
Humidity 75 to 80%.
Temperament Docile and nervous.
Housing Babies can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space.
Substrate 1 to 2 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places and climbing accessories.
Other Names Tanzanian Tailless Whipscorpion, and Giant Tailless Whipscorpion.

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*Please note that this species of tailless whipscorpion do not possess any venom, but it can pinch in defense. This rarely-used defense does not hurt very much, but people should still avoid handling this tailless whipscorpion. Affects of this tailless whipscorpions' natural defenses may vary between people. This tailless whipscorpion should not be considered dangerous, but handling is still not, and never will be, recommended!

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