6 Vinegarroon Scorpion Facts & Care Tips | Pet Tarantulas

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Learn six cool facts about Vinegarroon Scorpions and how to take care of them from Jungle Bob in this Howcast video.

One of the more unusual members of the scorpion family is the whip scorpion which is completely different than other scorpions that we discussed earlier and in other segments in that this one lacks a stinger entirely, therefore there’s never any danger of this animal stinging you. In replace of its stinger, it’s got this elongated tail which it uses as a feeler. We find them oftentimes, I’ve been in Belize, I’ve seen them in caves, very dark areas. Very, very poor eyesight though they do have eyes. They use that long tail to guide them through the darkness. He’s got his very powerful claws which are currently clamping into my finger, by the way, as a method of grabbing onto its prey.

They are powerful enough to subdue prey and rip it apart. They’ll break it down into little pieces and feed it into their mouth much like a lobster or a crab. It looks like a defenseless animal other than those claws, and the fact that it has no stinger, what’s it going to do to harm anybody? Well, like most animals in nature it’s got a way to defend itself, and this one is very unusual. They call it also the vinegaroon scorpion because from its hind quarters there, I won’t say from exactly where, but the hind quarters it can shoot and spray acetic acid into the eyes of a potential predator. And acetic acid basically is vinegar. So if you’ve ever got vinegar in your eye you know what that stings like. It’s not a very pleasant thing to have happen to you. Certainly stinks from a mile away if you smell if whenever he does it to us. Fortunately I’ve never got one in my eye, but that’s the way he defends himself.

The vinegaroon has acetic acid launching out of his hind parts and that’s a very effective way now to stop a predator but then allows him time to escape because the animal is pretty much temporarily blinded by the vinegar. Excellent terrarium pet to keep. They live five, seven years or so. Another animal who likes to hide a lot. We put a piece of cork flat against the glass or flat on the ground. That’s where you’ll usually find the vinegaroon hiding. And as long as you don’t startle him and come up behind him and scare him, you’re not going to get that big whiff of acetic acid like a predator might. The more and more you handle him like I’m doing now, the less likely he is to excrete that. So it’s got the wow factor of a scorpion without any of the potential danger of a scorpion sting. But it’s a scorpion for all intents and purposes. The vinegaroon, very interesting animal from Central America.


shravanthiyag says:

This channel should be renamed “Nopecast”

Chaoitcme says:

Although vinegaroons are arachnids they are neither a scorpion or a
tarantula. I am not sure where this guy is getting his information but to
say directly that they are related to scorpions is misleading.

Kazekai says:

it’s adorable :3 reminds me of how my hermit crab used to clamp into my palm

how does grabbing its tail not scare it though? :o

The Chosen Ones says:

Nope nope nope staying away from that one

NatureIsAwesome says:

What a beautiful scorpion to have there :D. I wish I could hold him too *_*

Slayerx49 says:

So… If I ever need vinegar on my salad, can I…

SonOfTheNorthe says:

It’s not a friggen scorpion!

Ultimateangler554 says:

Where did you get him from

zombieschair says:

honestly i would want one with a stinger because it looks more dangerous

Alonso Martínez says:

If it is not in the order of scorpions (Scorpiones), it is certainly not in
any scorpion family; this bug is in its own order: Uropygi.

Haris Rehan says:

Wow, this dude is really misguided.. Either he dosen’t know that
vinegaroons are in a separate order or he’s making scorpions seem to be a
diverse species O.o

midnight_storm_ says:

Harry Potter 

TwinezBattles says:

I found one of those in my garden

Brenda Conklin says:

I’m getting one soon! So excited!

J Spellman says:

thats cool i saw one in belize in a cave only ai had the pleasure of seeing
a guy scream FUCK!!!

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NukeIt2Bdone says:

Informative, thank you. Thinking about getting one to add to my collection.

Benjamin Kurek says:


your dad says:

It’s not a scorpion at all, it’s an entirely different order of arachnid.

HybierionHUNTER says:

Hmmm the lone hater

kokajr says:

I saw a roach with a tail like it.

Luis Reyes says:

stop moving so much u idout. he may be on crack and dope lol

Jessica Rasmus says:

S: iuj

DragonAurora says:

Most of the ones I saw when I lived in AZ were light brown.

Jerry Bear says:

I lived in the desert where they are to be found. They get lots bigger than
that one. They like to hide in old stone walls and are fairly territorial.
They are plcid and docile and quite easy to handle even if plucked from the
wild. Where i lived they were considered good luck. I think they can take
on scorpions as I never saw these though I lived in the desert. I loved
watching them and playing with them. They are really cool! Males and
females have an elaborate mating dance that can go on for hours. I think
that a vinegaroon makes a fine and gentle pet!

EvenIThink says:

That looks so cool. I want to get one.

Jpdiaz10 says:

I want one

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Max Hedebratt says:

hahahhah first

Blank Gaming says:

Before 301+ views.

Westin Wilkins says:

fuck that

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TheBatmoy says:

10th, BITCH

441lives says:

to suck my dick…

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ForeverJordan says:

I want one xD

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