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please identify
Location:  Dominican Republic
October 19, 2010 2:54 am
My friend found this bug in his place in the Dominican Republic. It is about 10 cm (3 inches) long. Any idea what it is?
Signature:  Sharon

Giant Vinegaroon

Dear Sharon,
This shy, nocturnal predator is a Tailless Whipscorpion, sometimes called a Giant Vinegaroon because it releases a mild acetic acid that smells like vinegar.  Despite the appearance, the Giant Vinegaroon will not harm people or pets unless the pets are Cockroaches.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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