Posted May 10, 2015
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.