BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (WOAI/KABB) — We bet ‘acid spraying Vinegaroons’ weren’t on your bingo card for 2021.
Big Bend National Park shared on their Facebook page earlier this week the news of how these acid spraying arachnids are being brought out of their burrows by summer rains and are in “search of food and love.”
The National Park Service says the creatures are about three inches long and relatively unharmful unless you annoy them.
They can pinch with their heavy mouth parts, also known as pedipalps, and can shoot a spray of 85% acetic acid (vinegar) from the base of their "whip" to protect themselves, the park says in their post.
The park adds the Vinegaroons are nocturnal and can’t see very well.
“They hunt millipedes, scorpions, crickets, cockroaches, and other invertebrates by sensing vibrations with their long, thin front legs. Most commonly seen in the desert, this vinegaroon was taking a stroll around the Chisos Basin campground,” the post reads.
Female Vinegaroons can be seen sometimes carrying hatchlings on their back.