This enormous arachnid is a species of giant TAILLESS WHIP SCORPION aka WHIP SPIDER aka AMBLYPYGI from Tanzania in east Africa, known as Euphrynichus amanica.
I have for many years been keeping and breeding another much smaller species of Tanzanian tailless whip scorpion known as Damon diadema, which are hugely popular with everyone they meet due to their amazing appearance, docile nature and the fact that they are completely harmless and therefore perfect for handling! For more information about this smaller species please click HERE. The larger species featured here is also docile and completely non-aggressive, despite having the HUGEST pedipalps (pincers) I have ever seen on any arachnid as you can see here!
I acquired the individual above in late November 2015 and until mid-December 2015 I didn't actually know which gender it was. That all changed when I woke up one morning to find the underside of her abdomen covered in eggs as you can see below!
I am very hopeful that these eggs will successfully hatch and I will of course be posting news on their development here. Soon after this confirmation of her gender I received a great name suggestion for her from a Year 6 boy named Brady Murphy (11) at Gloucester Road Primary School. Brady suggested the name 'Hermione', after the popular character from the Harry Potter stories, as a tailless whip scorpion just like this one appears in a scene from the movie 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'! A great suggestion, thanks again Brady.
The one in the film (which is computer generated) is made to look even larger than Hermione, but this is in fact one of the world's largest species of arachnid and its total leg span can be up to 60cm or two feet! However, this leg span refers to the sensory front legs which are characteristic of all Amblypygi. Sadly the larger individual above is lacking the majority of both of its sensory front legs and this was the case when I acquired it back in late November 2015. The smaller individual below, acquired at the same time as this larger one, has complete sensory front legs which are so long that they extend beyond the borders of all of these pictures!
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