The Pale Windscorpion looks like a cross between a spider and a scorpion, but lacks the most dangerous parts of both.
Windscorpions are not scorpions even though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have two body segments (head and body), Windscorpions have three body segments including a narrowing at the 'waist'. They do not have tails which means they do not have stingers. What seems like a fifth pair of legs are actually pedipalps. Pedipalps are used to hold down prey while the Pale Windscorpion eats it. The first set of real legs are often used more for sensing the environment than running. Long back legs are rapidly mobile. Windscorpions typically hide in burrows during the day and come out at night. They are native to dry, arid regions (deserts), but have adapted to a more diverse climate and habitat.
The Pale Windscorpion prefers to live a solitary life and hunt alone. It runs in a zig-zag pattern, scouring the ground for prey. It is known to hunt other arachnids as well as insects, and has even killed and consumed smalls vertebrates like lizards. The Pale Windscorpion cuts up prey with large, dark pincers (chelicerae) at the front of the face, and almost look like fangs. Males are smaller than females, but have longer legs. Males are extremely fast and move 'like the wind' (hence their name). Windscorpions look more dangerous than they really are. Unlike spiders, they do not produce venom and only bite if handled carelessly.
Scientific Name: Eremobates pallipes
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 32mm (0.86in to 1.25in)
Colors: brown; yellow
Descriptors: pincers, scorpion, arachnid, harmless, ten legs, jaws
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