A vinegaroon makes its Newschannel 9 debut


POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:33pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:41pm

In Thursday's edition of "What's New at the Zoo" Antonia Alvarado brought a creey, crawly vinegaroon on the show. What's a vinegaroon? Read below and watch the link!

Status: Common

Distribution: Southern and southwestern United States

Habitat: it hides under rocks and debris in the day time

Diet: Insects, like crickets, young eat pin head crickets

Length: Up to 6 inches

Weight: [Nothing Determinable]

Reproduction: The reproductive process of these animals is similar to scorpion. The male places a sperm packet on the ground and pulls the female over it. She then accepts it into her abdomen. Afterwards, she lays 20 to 50 eggs which she places under her abdomen. They hatch after 30 to 60 days and remain on their mother’s back until they undergo their first molt.

Longevity: [Nothing Determinable]

General Description: The vinegaroon has eight eyes, a set of pinchers and is typically brown to black in color. At the end of its abdomen, it has a long, thin whip-like tail, which it usually holds cocked forward over its abdomen.

Behavior: This whip scorpion is nocturnal, like true scorpions, but not venomous. Rather, when frightened, it squirts acetic acid from the end of its thin whip-like tail. Acetic acid is not harmful to humans, and it has a vinegar-like smell.

Did you know? Although similar to a scorpion, this animal lays eggs instead of giving birth to live young, like the scorpion does.

Where can you find them? As pets, in the zoo and in their natural habitat

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