Thomas Acosta couldn’t believe his eyes when he found the eight-legged beast with scary-looking pincers.
It was in fact a camel spider – a cousin of the common spider – yet its menacing jaw also makes it a close relative to a scorpion.
And while the insect found by Thomas at his home in Arizona was relatively small, they can eventually grow big enough to feast on small rodents, birds and other insects.
It also has the largest jaws compared to its body size than any other animal on Earth.
“I didn’t know they are native to Arizona, I have seen camel spiders, but I heard of them in Iraq,” Thomas told KGun9.
“We do have a small pet, and I wouldn’t want anything to hurt her, she’s kind of old.”
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Luckily for the terrified home-owner, the camel spider is non-venomous and rarely causes harm to larger animals or humans.
Thomas said he planned to hire an exterminator to make sure no more nightmarish creatures appear.
It comes just days after another family were trapped inside their home when a monster spider the size of a dinner plate clung to a glass door.