Deathspine varactyls were a type of varactyl that lived on the planet Kashyyyk. They could be found in the jungles near the city of Kachirho, where the planet wasn't completely covered with kilometer-high wroshyr trees.
During the last decades of the Galactic Republic, a Deathspine varactyl was held within the space station prison Cog Hive Seven and in 33 BBY, the creature was released from it by the Zabrak Darth Maul—a Sith Lord who had infiltrated the prison as an inmate. Maul proceeded to ride the creature across the prison concourse and then killed the beast, and afterward he gave the varactyl's skull to the Chadra-Fan prisoner Coyle in exchange for Coyle's services as a counterfeiter.
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