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This bizarre arachnid is only distantly related to true spiders.  Its long whip-like appendages are not true antennae, but instead highly modified front walking legs now used for feeling about in the dark.

cave whip spider on white

Did You Know?

They can dart crab-like in any direction to attack prey or flee enemies.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Damon variegates

Tanzania and Kenya, Africa

Caves and deep crevices

More than 10 years

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Crickets, roaches and other small insects