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    Thread: Tailless whipscorpion molt!

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      Tailless whipscorpion molt!

      (There's no "other arachnids" forum so I figured I'd stick this in here.)

      My normally ravenous juvie Damon diadema had been refusing food this past week and was looking rather bloated, so I knew a molt was coming up. Sure enough, today it molted! Here's what it left behind (in my hand for scale reference):



      And here is the gorgeous creature that emerged!



      Those stunning greens and blues only last for about 24 hours after a molt, then it's back to the normal browns. I especially enjoy catching one fresh after a molt so I can take as many pictures as possible. If there's one animal I adore even more than tarantulas, it's this one.

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      Wow its pretty!
      How big do they get?

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      I too enjoy seeing newly-molted whips. I'm not "into" them, but I still find them fascinating.

      Congrats on a great molt, and awesome pics!

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      I recall reading that some species have an antenniform legspan of up to two feet - this species doesn't get that big, but I'd say they still reach around 12".

      Thanks JSI!

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      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww GORGEOUS lil guy! What size cage does a full grown one need?
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      One that's at least 10" tall (that's about how much space an adult needs to molt, as they do so hanging upside down). I imagine something like an Exo Terra would make good ambly cage but you'd probably want to take out the foam background and replace it with cork bark. My adult male likes to hang from the screen lid too, so an all-acrylic cage like the ones we see marketed just for tarantulas might not be the best choice.

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      What a shame that they don't stay that color. It is rather stunning!
      I would love to see one that was 24 inches across!

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      Wow that is one interesting looking creature! You should share pictures of these guys more often.
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      ROA ..... OMG, .....I am speechless and that doesn't happen very often. LOL

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      Thanks all! Danielle, the 24" one is a Heterophrynus species from South America.

      Here's what my little demon (Damon diadema means king of the demons, did you know that?) looks like today:



      Still a tiny bit of green on the abdomen. I love these critters.

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      He/She is definitely interesting looking. I am starting to branch out into other areas. Your pictures are peaking my interest in to whipscorpions.

      Oh, "Girl With The Amblypygid Tattoo" awesome books by the way.

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