Meet Alan, our Tailless Whip Scorpion!
Also known as a whip spider, tailless whip scorpions are not scorpions! They belong to the order Amblypygi, meaning “blunt rump” and are closely related to other whip scorpions like vinegaroons. Tailless whip scorpions are arachnids, but are non-venomous and generally very docile.
Home Range: Southern and Eastern Africa.
Habitat: Savannas and semi-arid habitats in rock crevices and under bark.
Wild Diet: This is a “sit and wait” predator that eats other invertebrates but may eat small frogs and lizards.
Life Span: Approximately 5 years.
Whipscorpions are arachnids, meaning they have 8 legs, but don’t be fooled! Their pincers are actually extensions of their mouthparts. The classic “whips” (where the whipscorpion gets its name) are a pair of modified sensory legs, and they use them to explore their surroundings.