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The National Parks Service social media account posted a picture of a bug seen at the Big Bend National Park in Texas. When looking at the image, the creature appears to resemble a cross between a spider and a scorpion, Fox News reported.
According to the Big Bend Facebook page, the animal is called a vinegaroon and is also referred to as a whip scorpion. The creepy crawlies come out during the summer and look for “food and love.”
“Vinegaroons are about 3 inches long and relatively benign unless you happen to annoy them," read the post. "They can pinch with their heavy mouthparts (pedipalps) and shoot a well-aimed spray of 85% acetic acid (vinegar) from the base of their ‘whip’ to protect themselves.” Excuse me?!
After explaining that vinegaroons hunt scorpions, the post added, “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.”
While many users on Instagram were intrigued by the scorpion, others were creeped out.
One user wrote, “…and this is supposed to make me want to visit that park?”
Another said, “This is so creepy.”
The National Park Service explained how the name “vinegaroon” comes from the animal’s ability to shoot acidic vinegar from its tail. However, the University of Florida said the creatures are not venomous.