Amblypygids are found all over the world. They live in logs, bark, and under bushes. They are also called "Tailless Whipscorpions" but are not true scorpions. They are very fast moving and catch insect prey.
African Emperor Scorpion
Native to Africa, these are the largest species of scorpion in the world. They rarely sting, relying on large and powerful claws for defense and to catch prey. Their venom is extremely weak.
African Flat Rock Scorpion
This scorpion makes a great pet and is easily handled. They rarely sting or pinch in defense. Scorpions are nocturnal and feed on insects, mice, small lizards and frogs.
Black Widow Spider
The Black Widow spider is commonly found all over the United States. They have a neurotoxic venom that affects the nervous system. They will bite only in defense of their egg sac or nest. Bites are very rare and very treatable, but about two people every year die from Black Widow venom as they are unable to get to a hospital in time. It takes about 2 weeks for the venom to become life-threatening if untreated.
Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Recluse spiders (also called Fiddlebacks), as very common in Oklahoma and all over the United States. They avoid light and noise and can be found in dark places such as attics and basements. They feed on dead insects and bites are very rare. About 5% of the human population is allergic to Brown Recluse venom and will show reactions to the bite. Other insect bites and ailments are misdiagnosed as Recluse bites often in hospitals. Their venom eats away at the skin and forms a painful black sore which can become infected. There are no recorded deaths from brown recluse bites in the United States. The bites are very treatable and there have been no recorded deaths from bites in the United States for the past century.
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
This scorpion is native to the desert areas of California and Arizona, and is the largest species of scorpion in the United States. Their sting feels like a bee sting but they are not aggressive.
Indian Ornamental Tarantula
Native to India, these tarantulas live in the holes of tall trees and catch flying insects. They are popular as pets due to their beautiful patterns and coloration.
Oklahoma Brown Tarantula
This tarantula is common in Oklahoma and Texas. They are typically very docile and make great pets. They burrow underground and eat insects, mice, lizards, and small frogs.
These tarantulas are native to Brazil, Costa Rica, and parts of South America. They are not easy to handle because they become nervous easily and can bite if they feel threatened. The pads of their feet are a bright pink color.
Vinegaroons are found world-wide except for Europe and Australia. They are also called "whip scorpions", but are not true scorpions. They do not have a stinging tail (it functions as an antennae) or pinchers. Their mouthparts are scoops for digging dirt as the burrow. They are predators of insects and are nocturnal.