If you don’t like creepy-crawlies, look away now! I am going to show you the creepiest crawly that I have ever seen. My daughter found this strange creature at the door to the bathroom in our new home. She thought it was a dead spider and asked daddy to move it. When my husband went to pick it up in a piece of kitchen roll, it scuttled away super quickly. So it was alive! It looked like an enormous upside down flattened spider gone badly wrong. Anyway, I am the (live) spider catcher in our family, so I caught it in a glass, and here it is, next to my hand for scale.
I took it outside and set it down on the front path to examine it again, only to see a set of pincers covering up its eye area! Then I noticed it had a crab-like shell. So it seems to be some kind of land-based crustacean – like a cross between a spider and a crab. You can see this very clearly below. It looks like an alien life form to me! You can see its long thin feelers which it moved around in a spookily controlled manner curling the ends of each one in slow motion.
I tried to find out what this creature is, but couldn’t find any information on the internet – maybe we’ve discovered a new species! I did find creatures called spider-crabs, but they definitely looked liked spiders, and I didn’t see any that had these pincers. If anyone knows what this creature is, I would love to hear from you. This is one visitor I’m hoping doesn’t call round again!
NOTE: After I posted this article, I was reliably informed that this is a tailless whip scorpion! The things I took for feelers were actually very flexible front legs. Apparently one featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and it was suggested one bite could kill. But I have found out they are not actually poisonous, although they can squirt acetic acid if annoyed!