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Whipscorpions (Vinegaroons), Thelyphonida ssp.


whipscorpion vinegaroon thelyphonidaIntroduction Whip Scorpions occur throughout much of the world. They inhabit subtropical and tropical climates. Most are found in woodland and forest habitats. As are most arachnids, Vinegaroons live solitary lives and are capable of fending for themselves from hatching. They are nocturnal, most of the day is spent in the shelter of a burrow. They forage at night for small insects; some of the larger species may even eat small vertebrates.

While Vinegaroons are not poisonous nor equipped with a stinger, they are not defenseless. They are capable of producing a number of acids from species to species, and spraying it from their tail. These acids generally produce a very strong smell of vinegar, hence the common name.

Acclimation and Quarantine As the majority of captive invertebrates are kept singly, acclimation and quarantine enclosures are not generally used to the same degree as they are with reptiles. We do recommend quarantining all incoming animals before introduction to existing colonies.

Housing A single specimen may be comfortably kept in a 2 to 5 gallon cage. Glass, plastic or Tupperware are all acceptable enclosures. If you choose to utilize Tupperware, a few small holes should be drilled along the side for ventilation.

An inch or two of shredded coconut husk, mixed with some mulch at a ratio of 2:1 respectively will make a good substrate. You may choose to put a thin layer of sphagnum moss on the top, which will aid in maintaining humidity. The enclosure may be decorated with one or two flat pieces of bark, a branch or two and some artificial foliage. These arachnids like to burrow, so be sure not to put anything heavy in the enclosure, as they may attempt to borrow under that object just to have it crush them (that is why we recommend flat pieces of bark).

Heating and Lighting Temperatures should be maintained between 75 and 80 degrees F during the day time with a slight drop during the night. Often times, room temperature is adequate. If not, the use of a a small heat pad ( 1 -3 watts) or a fluorescent light will provide the proper heat. Exposure to UV is not necessary for arachnids. The ambient light from the room will be more than sufficient in providing light for the Vinegaroon.

Humidity Humidity should be maintained between 45-55%. Brief periods above or below this will be tolerated.

Feeding The majority of the diet will consist of crickets. Meal worms, flies and small moths may be offered on occasion as well. Food items should be gut loaded when possible. Food should be offered 3 to 4 times a week for adults and daily for juveniles. Do not keep a lot of crickets in the cage at one time, as they may cause injury or death to a sleeping whipscorpion.

Water A shallow, fresh dish of water should always be available.