Why Vinegaroons are Metal as Fuck
So yesterday I received a free little baby (top two photos) who, by my friend’s suggestion, I have named Zim. Zim is a Vinegaroon, they are also called Whip Scorpions. Many people have no idea what a vinegaroon is so I will start off by saying that it is an arachnid, which means it is related to scorpions and spiders. They are in the family Thelyphonidae. There are different types of vinegaroons, I think this one may be a Giant Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus) (see bottom photo of a full grown Giant Vinegaroon) because the guy who gave it to me said that he got it from Ken the Bug Guy and Ken the Bug guy seems to only have Giant Vinegaroons in stock at the moment. Vinegaroons use only six of their legs for walking and they use the front two legs as sensory organs like antennae. They prefer dark, humid environments and in captivity they generally eat crickets and/or roaches. They are not venomous, though they may pinch and THEY CAN SHOOT ACID OUT OF GLANDS IN THEIR ABDOMEN AND INTO THE EYES OF THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO PREY UPON THEM… and that is why vinegaroons are so metal. The acid they shoot out of their tails is acetic acid and it smells like… you guessed it, vinegar, which is how they got the name vinegaroon. I am pretty damn excited about finally owning one.