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 they feel 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. The arachnid is typically found in the wilderness, but has been discovered roaming the campsite in Chiso Basin Park.
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Fortunately, they prefer to hunt crickets, centipedes and cockroaches by sensing the vibrations of their prey using their front legs. Vinegars even kill their arachnid look-alikes, 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. They are mainly found in Texas, Arizona and Florida.
The park’s Facebook post garnered thousands of user comments saying they had spotted a vinegar in their backyard, grocery stores and local parks. One user said she even spotted one in the Chiso Basin bathroom once.
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