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Whip Scorpion Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from whip scorpions by learning techniques for identification and control.

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25 to 85 mm
Claw-like pincers
Legs for walking & senses


How do I get rid of whip scorpions?

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Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Whip Scorpions


  • Eyes: One pair of eyes can be found at the front of the cephalothorax, and the three remaining pairs are on either side of the head.

  • Legs: They have eight legs: the first two legs serve as the sensory organs, while the other six legs are for walking.

  • Pincers: They have clawlike pedipalps, or pincers.

  • Size: Whip scorpions range in size from 25 to 85 mm in length.


Whip scorpions are arachnids that have a similar appearance to true scorpions, but do not possess a venomous sting. While they are not venomous, they can spray an acidic mix that has a vinegar-like smell. Because of this, they are often called vinegarroons in the Southwestern United States.


Whip scorpions are carnivorous and nocturnal. They hide under leaves or rocks during the day, and typically prey on insects like cockroaches and crickets at night.


Over 100 species of whip scorpions have been discovered. They live in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. They usually dig their burrows with the use of their pedipalps, and would rather stay in humid, dark places and avoid light. They also dwell under:

  • Logs

  • Rocks

  • Rotting wood

  • Other debris


In mating, males secrete a sperm sac and find a way to transfer it to the female. A single burrow can accommodate 35 eggs. The female will stay with the eggs until they hatch, after which the young ones climb onto their mother's back for long periods until their first molting. After they molt, these tiny scorpions leave the burrow.

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