Oct 29, 2007

For You Invert Lovers

Here's some new fodder from one of the most gifted wildlife photographers on the web, Igor Siwanowicz. He noticed my dearth of Damon variegata postings, and forwarded these photos to me.

Check out some of the best pictures of Tanzanian tailless whip scorpion you'll ever find. For you invert lovers, these sideways-walking arachnids make for great pets, even for beginners. They're mild-tempered and can get to a size of over seven inches. For the rest of us, we can sleep easy knowing that they are harmless and are only found in Africa (unless you live next to an invert lover who doesn't keep proper lids on his/her terrarium...).

And for those of you who haven't eaten yet, Fear Factor taught us that these critters make for good eating!

Thanks, Igor!

Photo (1 & 2) source: Igor Siwanowicz

8 comments:

jynxkat said...

i remember that episode- the Vegas special- awesome!

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine is breeding these beautiful arachnids. They're of the order Amblypygi, and their dispositions are actually quite sweet!

wiki gives them a nice overview:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblypygi#Genera

Jade said...

Great photos! I've kept them a few times, myself. VERY interesting and unique animals.

Arachnophile said...

love, LOVE, LOVE t.whip scorpions. My entom. prof showed me a specimen when I was in undergrad and it was the first time I had no idea what I was looking at. They've fascinated me ever since.

They are also pretty good moms. ;)

Danielle Lea said...

That picture most definitely made my skin crawl.

Blech.

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Nonexistant Black Feather said...

weren't these in a harry potter movie? I know I've seen them somewhere before... maybe it was just a nature program ^^;;
Tho I could swear mad-eye moody cursed them with "crucio"...

Anonymous said...

yes you are right nonexistant! this was the creature from HP :)