Interesting facts:

  1. Males can live for 10 years while females can live up to 20 years.
  2. They consume small insects, worms, and slugs. Feeding is schedule is about once every 2 weeks with moisture added.
  3. They can grow up to six inches and can discharge a liquid that smells like vinegar. 
  4. Vinegaroons are entirely nocturnal and emerge from their dark holes in the earth nightly to stalk hungrily and ominously over the Land of the Tiny.
  5. They are exclusively carnivorous, and feed primarily upon other arthropods, like crickets, cockroaches, and millipedes, which they pin down with their beefy, scorpion-like, wire-cutter pedipalps. They are also equipped with a sharp spine on the inside surface of the claw, which is a barb, immobilizing the prey and paving the way for the merciless crushing of their prey’s brittle exoskeleton, allowing the Vinegaroon to leisurely lap up the critter’s hemorrhaging fluids like a cat at a water dish.
  6. The hard part, though, is finding the food in the first place. Vinegaroons have eight small eyes, two at the front of the head segment (the prosoma) and three flanking each side, but the eyesight they provide is not that good.  So, they rely on sensing vibrations to locate their prey. 
  7. One very distinct and curious feature of whip scorpions is its long thin caudal appendage, which is directly related to their common name "whip-scorpion." The common name 'Vinegaroon' is related to their ability to give off a spray of concentrated (85%) acetic acid from the base of the whip-like tail. Protect yourself when handling to AVOID contact with this spray.