Whiptail Scorpion

Whiptail scorpionWhiptail scorpions can grow up to 3 inches long, and range in color from light brown to black. Instead of a tail, they have a long, thin whiptail, which extends from the tip of the abdomen, does not have a stinger, and is used primarily as a sensory organ. They also characteristically have a very large pair of palps, pincers or claws, which are used as grasping devices.

Surprisingly, the Whiptail scorpion is not venomous, not true scorpions; and thus, not likely to cause a serious pest control problem. This species can only spray a defensive mist of acetic acid, or vinegar; from the end of it’s tail.

Working at night and hiding during the day, under debris or woodpiles, or within storage area clutter, Whiptail scorpions are predators that feed primarily on insects; using their giant pincers to catch their prey.


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