Channeling biblical times, a small town in Egypt is experiencing a plague-like infestation. Three people were killed and 500 more were injured after scorpions and snakes invaded the city of Aswan.
Following heavy rains and thunderstorms, mass amounts of scorpions and snakes were displaced from their usual hiding spots. The creatures then invaded homes seeking out shelter from the weather.
According to the New York Post, Egypt is home to fat-tailed scorpions. These are some of the most deadly in the entire world. When severe weather is a factor, scorpions often look for higher ground to escape. This means entering homes and other buildings.
Because of this, the city reported that 503 people were stung and had to be hospitalized. Three people tragically died from the deadly sting. Those who were able to be treated received anti-venom shots and were sent home.
Symptoms of this fatal sting include breathing difficulties, muscle twitching and unusual head movements. The sting is so severe that officials said people must tie a heavy piece of cloth around the injury to stop the venom from spreading to the heart.
The incident was even affecting doctors from providing Covid-19 vaccines in order to treat the influx of people needing anti-venom. Further, local schools have been closed temporarily in order to prevent children from harm’s way.
Additionally, local Egyptian forecasters said the heavy rains and severe weather are expected to continue over the next several days. Residents should be cautious and keep an eye out for the deadly scorpions and snakes, they warned.
Texas Spider Scorpion Shoots Acid
Speaking of creepy bugs, Texas is home to several terrifying creatures. One that had social media freaking out is a spider scorpion that shoots acid. As if all the poisonous snakes and spiders in the southern region weren’t enough, these strange scorpions shoot an acid that helps kill prey.
Described in an Instagram post, the caption reads: “It’s a cross between a spider and a scorpion that shoots acetic “vinegar” from a “whip.” That’s it, folks. Have a good one.”
The National Park Service went on to describe the creature.
“Still with us? This is the bug content you’ve been looking for. The vinegaroon, or whip scorpion, is an arachnid of the order Thelyphonida, a small group of arachnids comprised of only 100 species,” they wrote of the spider-scorpion.
Growing up to three inches, the small scorpion can look rather intimidating. Luckily, however, they’re not venomous and aren’t super aggressive, according to park officials.
“If you’re lucky enough to see one, look closely. If it’s a female, she may be carrying her hatchlings on her back. Your welcome,” the Park Service wrote in an Instagram caption.
Despite the spider scorpion being non-venomous, we hope that you never have to meet one.