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Sri Lanka Whip Spider

Phrynichus ceylonicus


Whip spiders is an ancient order of nocturnal arachnids going back 300-350 million years, they are harmless to humans and rarely bite or sting. It is non-venomous. This specimens body length was about 50 mm, it's whip reached fully out-stretched around 15-20 cm on each side. The whips and the scorpion-like pincers are modified legs used for hunting. Whip scorpions can live up to 10 years in captivity under the right conditions.


Urban settlement, close to small patches of jungle. This specimen was found hiding behind some firewood in a corner of a shed.

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Gaia80 a year ago

This is my first spotting ever, I've only seen them on nature programs or news reports. One of my moments of pride when I got these photos, a few days later I found an even bigger one in the same shed :)

Saturniidae27 a year ago

Used to seeing the tailed whip scorpion in India, but never saw one of these.
Thanks for sharing :)

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දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 22, 2020
Submitted on Apr 25, 2020

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