Everything is bigger in Texas, including the nocturnal creatures that spray acid and look like scorpions, apparently.
A 3-inch-long vinegar was recently pictured crawling around a campground in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas.
The park said in a Facebook post that arachnids are relatively harmless – unless provoked. Then watch out for acetic acid sprays and avoid mouth pinching.
The park’s statement says summer rains have drawn vinegars out of their burrows to find food. Arachnids are usually found in the desert, but this one was discovered while roaming the campsite in Chiso Basin Park.
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They prefer to hunt crickets, centipedes and cockroaches by sensing the vibrations of their prey using their front legs. Vinegars even kill their arachnids that look like them: scorpions.
Vinegars are nocturnal but don’t see well, according to the park. The way to tell if it’s a female is to see if she’s carrying hatchlings on her back. Arachnids are mainly found in Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
The park’s Facebook post garnered thousands of user comments saying they spotted a vinegar in their backyard, grocery stores and local parks. One user said she even spotted one in the Chiso Basin bathroom.
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