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Creatures of La Manzanilla - Tailless Whip Scorpion
Posted by Pablo on January 12, 2018, 3:34 am, in reply to "Re: La Manzanilla Creatures - Tailless Whip Scorpion"
No, Dave's absolutely correct, Jo Anna. Hard to believe looking at them, but they are quite harmless. These "amblypygids" (meaning blunt rumps, i.e. no tail or whip) have been roaming the earth since the Carboniferous, long before the dinosaurs.
And Karla, while you're certainly right that they eat roaches (and other arthropods, even small spiders), I think it may be just wishful thinking that they also prey on scorpions. A quick check of the literature does not seem to bear out this contention. Which makes sense, as they lack poison glands. I could be wrong, but I think most scorpions and the potency of their venom would probably make short work of them, if they came spoiling for a rumble or were trying to muscle in on the roach action in certain 'hoods.
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