Vinegaroon.
Vinegaroon.

Vinegaroon

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The vinegaroon or whip scorpion is a relative of the true scorpions and spiders.

Vinegaroon.

Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus), Toronto Zoo.

Vinegaroons have the large pincers of a scorpion but lack the stinger. Vinegaroons do not produce venom but they can spray an acidic secretion that mostly consist of acetic acid and caprylic acid. The distinctive vinegar smell of the former gives the vinegaroon its name.

Vinegaroon.

Apparently some people like to keep a vinegaroon as a pet.

Vinegaroon.

Vinegaroon being sold as a pet at the 2014 Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo.

Further Readings:

Vinegaroon on the Toronto Zoo website.
Thelyphonida on Wikipedia.
YouTube video of a vinegaroon spraying vinegar.
Last updated: September 23, 2014

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