The Vinegaroon would naturally be hidden amongst forest floor debris, rock work or burrowed down in loose substrates but still move between locations and burrows. To give them good opportunity to move around, it is best to house them in a 60 x 45 x 30cm terrarium, though they are also commonly kept in a well ventilated plastic container of a similar size. The first thing to consider is a good depth of loose substrate for them to burrow, such as soil - enabling them to dig and tunnel down as they naturally would. On top of this, you could add leaf litter and mosses to assist with humidity and create a more natural environment, as well as smaller branches and cork bark which will make for good climbing and hiding spots. Vegetation is also good for making the environment more natural and providing further hiding opportunity - live plants will additionally add to higher humidity. Although many of the Vinegaroon habitats are arid, they dig down to more humid environments so sand on its own isn't advised.
Vinegaroons do not require special lighting, though you may decide to have a small LED on the tank to create night and day periods and to assist in plant growth. They will however need to be kept warm, with a gradient starting from around 20 - 22C at the cool end and going up to around 25 - 28C at the hotter end. This can usually be provided with a heat mat which should always be thermostatically controlled and never cover the entire enclosure to ensure the safety of your pet. For particularly cold environments, other heat sources may be necessary and again will need to be thermostatically controlled. Other safety precautions, especially if you choose to house them in a plastic container, is that the heat mat will require a certain amount of airflow between the mat and the container. To create a night period, this temperature can drop to 15C or even slightly lower - this would mimic natural temperature drops if your Vinegaroon was in its wild setting. All temperatures can be measured with an accurate digital thermometer.
Humidity is another important consideration with this species as they require a high amount of 70 - 80%. This can be reached with a good quality, moisture holding substrate, live plants and regular spraying. Humidity can be measured using an accurate digital hygrometer. You can also provide a shallow water dish to help in humidity and keep your Vinegaroon hydrated. Contrary to belief, as long as the dish is shallow, invertebrates are able to get out and this will not pose a risk, though for small juveniles and babies the dish should be very small (e.g a bottle cap). A dish is always recommended over a sponge for example which can harbour bacteria. With the warmth and humidity combined, mould is also a risk in your environment and needs to be removed when visible - you can also add spring tails; tiny 'clean up crew' which will eat mould and not bother your Vinegaroon.
Vinegaroons will feed solely on live food such as crickets, locust, meal worms and cockroaches which should get bigger with your as your pet grows. These can be dropped into the enclosure without extra supplementation. Your Vinegaroon will also only need to feed 1-2 times a week depending on the meal and it is important to ensure the live food is removed if not eaten. Particularly when they go into moult, they could be vulnerable to the live food eating them instead! Moulting will take place as your Vinegaroon grows and can be a worrying sight for new owners - they can often appear dead! Extra spraying and humidity will make the process easier but any other intervention shouldn't be necessary.
Swell SuperStore Giant Vinegaroon:
- Current Age/Size - 2 inches approx
- Adult Expected Size - 5 - 6 inches
- Habitat - Desert, scrub and grasslands hiding amongst plant debris and rock work. Terrestrial living.
- Required Enclosure Size - 60 x 45 x 30cm / same sized plastic container
- UV Lighting - Not required
- Expected Lifespan - 4 - 6 Years
- Temperature Gradient - 22 - 28C
- Humidity Levels - 70-80%
- Feeding - Insectivore - live food such as crickets, locust, meal worms and cockroaches. 1-2 times a week.
- Handling - slow and docile, but can be delicate and stress easily
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