Some people may have heard of a vinegaroon but for most, the word and sound of it might be completely strange. Guess what? The vinegaroon is the only whip scorpion found in the United States.
What is a vinegaroon
An encounter with one of these creatures can be scary because of their menacing look. But what may strike you as odd is that vinegaroon has features of both a spider and scorpion, so you might not be quite sure what you are looking at. Good news is you are not alone because countless people have had the same reaction when they set eyes on their first vinegaroon. One could say that the vinegaroon is a cross between a spider and a scorpion and they would be right on so many counts.
For starters, the vinegaroon is classified as an arachnid which is the same classification as a spider. Vinegaroons have eight legs just as spiders do and will rarely be seen during the day as they are nocturnal creatures. They also have two menacing claws the front of their bodies.
Vinegaroons also have a long tail like appendage at their hind quarters similar to the one seen in scorpions.
Is a vinegaroon’s bite venomous
Most people who have had the unfortunate luck of being bitten or stung by a vinegaroon’s, know that the sting can be quite painful. What’s more, is that a vinegaroon’s defensive mechanism against an intruder is not just stinging, but it will also release a spray. Should the fluid touch the bite area, one will have a burning/stinging sensation similar to the stinging effect of vinegar when it touches an open wound. The fortunate thing though, is that other than the aftershock of being bitten by the creature its bite and spray are not venomous. If not careful the spray can get into the eyes causing a stinging sensation. But other than the initial pain one may feel, there is no damage done.
The vinegaroon’s bite and its spray may be painful but it is not venomous nor life threatening. The best cause of action after one has been bitten, sprayed or both by a vinegaroon is to wash the area with water and soap. In the event that skin breaks as a result of a bite, then the real danger is in bacteria, and other germs infecting the area. Washing the area with soap and water ensures that the chance of an infection is minimal.
So the next time you are out camping and one of your buddies or yourself gets stung by vinegaroon spider, you will know exactly what to do. As mentioned before, this is a nocturnal creature and will rarely be seen during the day. They are however fairly active in the night. Folks going for camping or exploring the outdoors at night need not be overly worried about this creature. It rarely attacks humans and will only do so in a case where if feels threatened.