Giant Vinegaroon Gets A Soaking

Mastigoproctus gigantea looking a bit dry so decided to completely soak the enclosure – one of my favourite enclosures I may add.

Description by http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

This large species can grow up to 15cm inc. tail. They have six legs used for movement, two long, thin front legs that they use to feel around for prey and detect vibrations, and two large pedipalps modified into claws that they use to crush their prey. They have a long, thin, whip-like tail, the origin of the common name whipscorpion. From the base of this tail they can spray a substance composed of 85% acetic acid in order to defend themselves. Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar, so the spray smells strongly of vinegar, leading to the common name “vinegarroon”.

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