southern and southwestern portions of the U.S. and south into Mexico
As with other members of the class, the whip scorpions have eight legs. The first pair is elongated and used as sensory structures. A long, thin extension from the rear of the body (the
Up to 6 inches, including front legs and whip-tail.
Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
During reproduction, sperm is transferred indirectly when male deposits spermotophore, or sperm sac, on the ground. He then gently guides the female over it by grasping her sensory pedipalps. He may then assist her in taking spermatophore into her genital opening by using his pedipalps. Afterwards, the female will take to a sheltered spot, carrying eggs in a silken sac until they hatch. Colorless young then climb and ride on her back until they molt. They then become independent.
Of little concern in the wild
Although often thought to be venomous, they possess no venom. Defense is by ejecting a mist of the acetic-acid bearing liquid and by use of the pedipalps. The latter have the potential of giving a powerful pinch, but are not considered dangerous.
Have 8 eyes, 2 in the middle, 3 on each side of their head
Adult (13 and over)$9.00
Children (3 - 12)$5.25
Children (2 and under)Free
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
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Peoria, IL 61603