The Western Tailless Whip Scorpion, scientifically known as Damon medius, is a fascinating arachnid species belonging to the order Amblypygi. Despite their spider-like appearance, these creatures are not true spiders but are often referred to as whip scorpions due to their elongated body and long, whip-like front appendages. Damon medius is predominantly found in arid regions of North America, particularly in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. They inhabit diverse habitats such as deserts, scrublands, and rocky areas. These arachnids are typically nocturnal, preferring to remain hidden during the day and emerging at night to hunt for prey. Despite the name “whip scorpion,” the western tailless whip scorpion does not possess a venomous stinger like their close relatives, scorpions. Instead, their elongated front appendages, known as pedipalps, function as sensory organs to locate and capture prey. These pedipalps are also equipped with small, gripping structures to secure their prey. The Western Tailless Whip Scorpion has a flattened body with a dark brown or black exoskeleton. They typically measure around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) in length, with long, thin legs extending from their body. Their unique body structure allows them to navigate narrow crevices and tight spaces with ease. Despite their intimidating appearance, Western Tailless Whip Scorpions are generally harmless to humans. They are not aggressive and prefer to rely on their camouflage and defensive behavior rather than resorting to biting or attacking. This species of whip scorpion is harmless, slow moving and docile, and can be handled without issue.