Great, Now Texas Has Acid-Shooting Spider-Scorpions to Deal With
Welcome to the great state of Texas, but watch your step because you never know what you might step on.
It sounds worse than it is, but the 'spider-scorpion' name alone may send chills down your back. However, if you happen to see one, don't panic, just leave them alone and you should be okay.
Of course if you happen to annoy one, you may get sprayed with it's vinegar-like acid.
The 'spider-scorpion' is actually a Thelyphonida, otherwise known as a vinegaroons or whip scorpion. They can be anywhere between 1 to 3.5 inches in length, and these ugly creatures can certainly scare the wits out of most people.
According to the National Parks Service Instagram account, the name vinegaroons comes from the critters ability to shoot acidic vinegar from its tail or its 'whip', as it's called.
(Kinda sounds like the making of a good sci-fi movie. Ever seen Starship Troopers?)
The University of Florida says that the acidic vinegar it shoots is non-venomous.
These vinegaroons can usually be found in hot and dry areas like a desert for example, but one of these 'spider-scorpions' was seen at Big Bend National Park in Texas recently.
Big Bend's Facebook page says they really only come out in the summer while looking for "food and love."
The Facebook post says, "Most commonly seen in the desert, this vinegaroon was taking a stroll around the Chisos Basin campground. If you're lucky enough to see one, look closely. If it's a female, she may be carrying her hatchlings on her back."
Or do what I would do: turn and go the other way.