Other common names: Giant Vinegarone; Grampus; Desert Whipscorpion
Scientific name: Mastigoproctus giganteus
The Giant Vinegaroon is a species of Whip Scorpion which is native to the southern and southwestern United States. Giant Vinegaroons are nocturnal, and during the day hide under rocks, logs, and other items in burrows that they dig themselves. At night, they feed on insects and worms.
Appearance / health:
Including the front legs and whip tail, this Vinegaroon may reach up to 6 inches. They are a shiny jet black color with abnormal looking front legs and a long whip-like tail. Many people mistake the Giant Vinegaroon as an insect, since at first glance it looks like it only has 6 legs. This is wrong, as the 2 front legs which are usually mistaken as antennae, are actually legs, making this species have 8 legs.
Behavior / temperament:
This Giant Vinegaroon is docile and calm. Vinegaroons are a species of whip scorpion and all whip scorpions do not have venom, so toxicity is not a worry. However, the Giant Vinegaroon can spray "acetic" acid, more in the form of an odor, than a liquid. Vinegar is a diluted form of acetic acid, hence the common name for this species. This may be an irritant to some people. in general, the Giant Vinegaroon is great insect for beginner, advanced, and experts alike, and will make a great addition to anyone’s collection.
Adults can live in a 5-10 gallon tank or similar enclosure with ample floor space. Baby and younger specimens may live in temporary containers such as deli cups.
Temperatures should be kept between 75-85F with humidity levels of 75-85%. Substrate should be 4-6 inches deep and consist of peat, vermiculite, potting soil, or a mixture. Sand or fine gravel may also be added to the substrate. Provide water in a small shallow dish like a jar lid or bottle cap. Tank décor should be rocks, driftwood, cork bark, and other natural looking items may be used. This will provide different hiding spots and burrowing areas.
Adults eat crickets, super worms, and other large insects. Babies eat pinhead crickets, meal worms, and other small insects.
great pets, fun pet, unsuspecting meal
defensive mode, painful pinch, claws, acid, spray
crickets, poor hunters
Cool looking and unique.
Vinegaroons are very similar to scorpions in many ways except that when threatened, instead of using a stinger, they have a long thin tube coming from their rear that they whip back and forth that shoots a smelly, vinegary, and semi caustic liquid at their antagonist. The spray is usually only an issue on very sensitive skin though it can irritate the eyes a lot. Generally washing the affected areas with water takes care of any issues. Luckily it takes a lot for a vinegaroon to even spray at all. They have to feel very threatened and usually be poked at or handled roughly. They are fun to watch when they hunt for food (usually crickets in captivity) because they have very sensitive front legs that they touch to the ground to sense subtle vibrations. It's fascinating to see them home in on an unsuspecting meal. They like to pig out when they hunt which is pretty funny to see. On more than one occasion I'll leave some crickets in his tank only to come back a few minutes later to see him eating a cricket while holding another in one of his claws. They make great pets and I highly recommend them though not if one likes to handle their pet often..
From DennisNJ May 10 2015 11:22PM