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Giant Vinegaroons!

Discussion in 'Arachnids General' started by furryscaly, Sep 13, 2005.

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  1. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    I got these on Friday and I love them! I've always wanted some vinegaroons, aka whipscorpions (though they're not actually scorpions). From what I can tell I have 2 males and 2 females, which is good cause I want to breed them. Their names are Hera, Ares, Bent, and Broken. They're a little dirty.





    Hera and Ares
  2. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Broken, giving a threat display


    Bent (right) and Broken (left) being angry at me together

    They're called vinegaroons because they shoot acetic acid out of their tails as a defense. Its cool to watch them eat. They use the front pair of legs like antennae, and feel for prey. Then they use the chelae to quicky snatch it up. The way their chelae work is kind of like a cross between a scorpion's and a mantid's claws :D
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Wow...those are awesome Matt...Thanks alot for sharing.
  4. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    those are awesome! ive never heard of have all sorts of awesome critters dont you?! :)
  5. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Thanks guys :) lol, yup, I have all sorts :D These are arachnids, but they're not spiders or scorpions. They're in a group called Uropygi, which includes whipscorpions and tailless whipscorpions. They're not venomous, but the acid might burn a little bit, and some people are allergic to it. Broken got her name cause her tail is broken, and Bent got his for a similar reason. What I need now are some tailless whipscorpions and solifugids!
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Vinegaroons are so strange looking!
    And the name always sounded to me like some sort of really nasty cookie!;)
  7. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    lol, I imagine these would taste rather nasty too :p
  8. actionplant

    actionplant Elite Member

    Oh man, those are just wicked cool. You find some of the neatest animals.
  9. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    How much are you paying your bother and sister to watch your zoo??

    Would never be enough for me! LOL

    How big are those things?

    Scary looking creatures Matt. You are truly strange. :p
  10. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member can keep those guys. no thanks for me. i prefer the pics of your mantids. :)
  11. greydragon

    greydragon Active Member

    those guys are cool but i like from the best
  12. greydragon

    greydragon Active Member

    oops thats frog the best sorry
  13. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    So far I pay them in character, experience, and expensive birthday/Xmas presents :eek: They'll get quite a bit eventually though. Most of the inverts are with me here though. The vinegaroons, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, slugs, mantids, wasps, widows, fish, american toads, 2 of my turtles, and most of the tarantulas all live here with me.

    Hera's the largest at about 3 inches body length (7.5 cm) and about 6 inches with the legs and tail (15 cm). lol, and thanks :p
  14. topacelot

    topacelot Elite Member

    lol...those are pretty their claws pinch enough to be a bother or they can't really harm you?
    yeah, I could definitely do with never having them as pets :)
  15. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    I'm not really sure, I've never been pinched by one. I imagine it would hurt, but not but not too bad.
  16. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Oy :eek: *faint* *thunk*

    They're gorgeous creatures but right on up there in the hookyjig department for me!

    I participated in contests in a particular class in college where we had to figure out what something was based on a couple of clues, and I won the contest in which the answer was....vinegaroon! :D So I've heard of these and researched them before. They're cool, but you can have ALL of them! :)
  17. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    lol...hookyjig :p I think I might name one of my baby hookyjigs Hookyjig :D
  18. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Hookyjig is a great name for a little hookyjig :D

    I had never heard that word before my sister-in-law used it about 20 years ago. I've been using it ever since. I think it's perfect to describe that shivery shuddery feeling you (well, ok, obviously not you Matt, but a lot of us), get from creepy crawlies. :D
  19. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

  20. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    That's so funny, Dominick! :D I've never tried to Google it before. Guess I wouldn't have come up with much before HC's June-July contest, would I? :eek:
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