Acid-spraying 'spider-scorpion' hybrid insects spotted in Texas park; social media freaks out.
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They’re called whip scorpions or vinegaroons, and exaggeration aside, they look like the stuff of nightmares.

They spray acid and look like a mix between a spider and a scorpion.

Fortunately, humans are not on their menu. They prefer to eat cockroaches instead — and now these creatures have been spotted in Texas.

A vinegaroon sometimes called a ‘land lobster,’ was discovered in Big Bend National Park last week.

A photo of the arachnid was shared by the park on its Facebook page, much to the delight and horror of its followers.

The creatures, which are around 3 inches long, come out of their burrows this time of the year searching for ‘love and food’. They are harmless unless threatened, park officials said.

The vinegaroon’s color ranges from reddish-brown to dark-brown to black.

They are capable of pinching like scorpions and spray-shooting acid, acetic acid from the base of their whips.

Luckily, acetic acid is vinegar, and last time we checked, it’s not poisonous to humans.

Whip-scorpions are most commonly found in the desert and are nocturnal.

They typically hunt crickets, millipedes, and other invertebrates.



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