Giant Spiked Cave Spider as a Wall Accent


23 Responses to “Giant Spiked Cave Spider as a Wall Accent”

  1. Micheal Kelly says:

    Critters like that make me very, very thankful that I live in a cold, northerly climate.

  2. Zobi says:

    Here’s a great resource for underpinned specimens:

  3. apoxia says:

    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.

  4. apoxia says:

    hmmmm, I think wiki lied to me. That particular arachnid is in an 11″ square frame. That is very large.

    • invictus says:

      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)

  5. Bray_beast says:

    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.

  6. Neslock says:

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

  7. Anonymous says:

    tht is one of the most ugly things i ever saw:0.

  8. Jardine says:

    Whatever it is, I suggest killing it. Preferably with fire. Lots of fire.

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I don’t think that’s a spider.

  10. erikswedberg says:

    it’s a tailless whip scorpion:

    from David Attenborough’s the Living Planet:

    • Deadmeat says:

      @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.

  11. gwailo_joe says:

    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?

  12. Anonymous says:

    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.

  13. cymk says:


    Yes, but its close enough to freak the hell out of my arachnophobic friend.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      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.

  14. 11 new law of attarction says:

    what i suggests use acid to kill it.

  15. David Pescovitz says:

    Thanks for the mention, Bill! Glad you enjoyed the book.

  16. GeekMan says:

    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.

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