Rains bring out whip scorpions in search of ‘food and love,’ officials say
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (Gray News) – The summer rains in Texas are bringing vinegaroons out of their burrows.
The nocturnal creatures are typically found in the desert, but this one was spotted around the Chisos Basin campground.
Despite their terrifying appearance, Big Bend National Park officials say the vinegaroons are in search of food and love.
“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,” park officials said in post on Facebook.
But according to park officials, the so-called “whip scorpions” are not a threat, unless you annoy them.
They use their long, front legs to hunt invertebrates like millipedes, scorpions, crickets and cockroaches by sensing vibrations.
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