Giant Spiked Cave Spider as a Wall Accent

Last year, David Pescovitz gave me a copy of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology. An interesting book, and it really made me want to start my own cabinet of curiosities. Apparently every really good collection of wonders has a preserved giant insect or two. So, it was with great interest that I clicked on the Spiked Giant Cave Spider on giant spider 2w.jpg

From the Etsy site: "All of the real Butterflies and insects used in our framed shadowbox butterfly art have been raised on natural cruelty free tropical farms around the world."

BTW, doesn't giant spider farmer sound like a job for Mike Rowe?


    1. @erikswedberg is correct.

      I used to have a small preserved one in a jar when I was a kid. Always thought it was pretty cool although I hate spiders.

  1. Lord have Mercy that thing is hideous; as a card carrying arachnophobe I got a good shiver just looking at it. Brazilian cave spider. . .I’m guessing it eats. . .bats?

    1. They’re harmless but highly photogenic. People eat them on Fear Factor and Mad-Eye Moody tests the Unforgivable Curses on one in HP:Goblet of Fire.

  2. According to Wiki these things are only 4 to 45 mm long. Now 45 mm is a big arachnid where I’m from (obviously not Australia), but I imagined from that photo that it was about 10cm long.

    I don’t ever want to be in the same room as a live one.

    1. Apoxia, the body is generally no larger than 50mm. But the front legs can extend to 250mm, which would certainly require the larger frame.

      Also, I highly recommend Geral Durrell’s “Encounters with Animals.” One of the stories in the book is the touching (though somewhat tragic) tale of Wilhelmina, a whip scorpion. (not sure if it was of the tailless variety or not)

  3. It’s a whip scorpion. Relative of the sun scorpion or wind scorpion (the infamous “camel spider”). Interestingly, for some reason sun scorpions are called “child of the earth” in northern New Mexico, and are said to scream when stepped on.

  4. We cannot fault Boing Boing for calling this a “spider” which is a different Order (Araneae) in the class Arachnida from the Tailless Whipscorpions (Amblypygi). Even though this is the equivalent being unable to distinguish a wolf (order Carnivora) from an Armidillo (Order Cingulata, but also in the Class Mammalia)!
    Most of the world, including the bright and curious folks of Boing Boing have little appreciation of the fantastic diversity on the planet – I wish they’d look at this stuff more! Even the reference to “Cave” is silly – this species, while found in caves, is not restricted to them – they occur commonly in shaded rocky surface habitats. But caves seem scary (unlike interstate highways, which are much MUCH more dangerous), and maybe the fear – arachnids, caves – sells advertisements.

    1. To be fair, that’s what the seller is calling it, and it’s a common name for tailless whip scorpions.

  5. Thanks for the nightmare fuel.

    Speaking of Discovery Channel shows, Bear Grylls actually ate one of these abominations during an episode of Man vs. Wild.

    So it doesn’t it bears, Bears eat it.

  6. As pointed out previously, eating these was one of the challenges on Fear Factor and it’s pretty hard to watch.

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