Watch this video and decide for yourself if you would really want to poke a whip spider.
The amblypygi (say that five times fast) is an arachnid known as the whip spider and also the tailless whip scorpion. While said ‘spider’ is harmless to humans, would you taunt that sucker when it rears back and gives a look like that?
Here’s one guy who owns one and decides to play with it like a teething puppy.
While the video says “American whip spider attacks its owner” it’s really more a case of annoyed arachnid responds to man teasing the hell out of it.
This is an insect breeder in Germany somewhere (apparently some people in Germany breed insects) that has an affinity for whip spiders. By the sheer sinister look of the thing, especially with those far reaching sci-fi crab-claws, would you be willing to let that beast get a hold of you?
There’s always someone who is willing.