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Get up close and personal with creepy crawlies this summer

Ian Hughes 10th Jul, 2017

FANCY getting up close and personal with this fellow.

Stratford Butterfly Farm is inviting visitors to come along and get better acquainted with various creepy crawlies this summer – including a tailless whip scorpion.

But there’s no sting in the tail of this scorpion, as the central African native, which lives in caves and crevices, is completely harmless, and has no venomous tail.

The whip scorpion is well known to film fans as one was used in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie when it had the unforgiveable killing curse used on it.

The Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions at Stratford Butterfly Farm take place daily from July 22 to September 3 when the education team will be inviting visitors to hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes, hermit crabs and even Madagascan cockroaches.

Despite being harmless, visitors will not actually get to hold a whip scorpion – as they move very quickly!

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