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A specimen of SCP-XXXX at a school parking lot within the 1 km search radius

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: All specimens of SCP-XXXX are to be contained in a 10 by 10 meter concrete containment chamber. SCP-XXXX is currently contained at Bio-Site-66. The floor of SCP-XXXX's container must be fitted with a 1 by 1 vibrating motor to inhibit fragmentation. If any personnel are to enter the containment chamber, the plate is to be deactivated for the remainder of their occupancy. Level 3 personnel and above are permitted to access SCP-XXXX specimens for research purposes. All personnel attempting physical interaction with specimens are to wear acid resistant steel gloves1.

Description: Specimens of SCP-XXXX all closely resemble traffic cones ranging from 30.4 to 121.9 centimeters in height to a range of 10 to 45.7 centimeters in width2. The current number of specimens in containment at the time of writing is ██. Specimens have been recovered from parking lots, soccer fields, parking garages, construction sites, and highways. SCP-XXXX is a living organism that consists of organs and tissues including: skin, nervous system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system, all of which are of the same pigmentation. The pigmentation can vary based on thecolors of mutated specimens. SCP-XXXX's skin has about the same consistency of rubber/plastic that upon closer research was found to be a dense layer of [DATA EXPUNGED]. SCP-XXXX reproduces through fragmentation, similar to Planaria.


An immature specimen found in the same parking lot as the previous specimen. This image was taken when the specimen was 2 hours into its growth process.

The fragmentation cycle starts once the SCP-XXXX specimen is fully grown.
SCP-XXXX's fragmentation process takes about 1 day and when completed, will result in a fully grown genetically identical version of the original specimen (unless mutations occur). Offspring can purposefully perform large genetic mutations. A commonly occurring mutation is singular or multiple reflective bands around the circumference of the specimens. If a specimen is presented with environmental changes, its offspring will preform mutations if necessary such as mimicking other non-anomalous cones, by matching the chemicals the cones give off. It performs this by using proteins that bind to the chemicals of the non-anomalous cones. The proteins are located in microscopic pores of its exterior. Fragmentation can also be triggered when any part of SCP-XXXX is cut from its main mass. The main mass of SCP-XXXX can heal from these wounds within a matter of hours. The separate piece or pieces of the original specimen will grow to full size (the time it takes to do so is entirely dependent on how large the piece is.) It has been noted that SCP-XXXX can fully replicate from a 1 cm by 1 cm piece. The only known means to terminate specimens is by incineration.

SCP-XXXX uses its simple nervous system to detect almost all vibrations within 15 meters that occur around it. These vibrations cause SCP-XXXX to delay when it begins its fragmentation cycle. These delays can range from directly after the vibration stops to several days after repeated vibrations have occurred around it. Vibrations that that trigger the delay of fragmentation usually apply to human footstep patterns or patterns similar to that of them, but can also apply to other vibrations such as small tremors or violent shaking. SCP-XXXX will also delay consuming of prey if disturbed. All known specimens SCP-XXXX are incapable of locomotion, they depend on humans that mistake them for traffic cones to contribute to their spread. The current wild population is estimated to be █ million out of the estimated 140 million traffic cones in use globally.

SCP-XXXX feeds on small organisms. The specimen accomplishes this by luring prey inside it by mimicking the smell of its prey's diet. Dr.█████ discovered through dissection of several deceased specimens that this may be based off of previous specimen's meals. Documented smells have included: various nuts, plants, and insects. Specimens create these smells by using proteins that bind to smells around it. Once prey is trapped SCP-XXXX will begin secreting small amounts of hydrochloric acid through microscopic pores lining its interior.3 This function would be detrimental to most all organisms, but specimens are able to resist the potency of the acid due to its rapid regeneration rate. During digestion, SCP-XXXX uses a ring of muscle around its base to anchor itself to the ground using suction. SCP-XXXX has the ability to use this muscle to contract around larger organisms. It has been measured to apply an average of 105,000 pascals. This amount of pressure is sufficient to cut off blood circulation to extremities. Specimens rarely attack organisms larger than it unless threatened with death or starvation. SCP-XXXX's digestive process takes around 15 minutes to complete. If any extremities exposed to the "bite" of a specimen of SCP-XXXX for longer than 15 minutes, the hydrochloric acid being secreted from its interior will fully digest it. Blood loss caused by the loss of a limb is fatal to all exposed. Specimens have been recorded to go several weeks without proper nourishment. SCP-XXXX's waste is excreted through its base. SCP-XXXX's excrement is packed densely in to a small hard black pellet resembling a piece of asphalt. Excrement, on average, is only about 1 cm by 1 cm. It is assumed that SCP-XXXX's excrement resembles asphalt as camouflage (presumably as asphalt).

SCP-XXXX was discovered on ██/██/20██ at a shopping mall located in ██████,█████,U.S. after a mall employee found hundreds of specimens within a large storage room in the back of the mall. Several specimens were also discovered in a large parking lot outside the mall. The Foundation was alerted when the incident was broadcast on the local news channel. All mall employees and persons involved in the incident were administered Class-C amnestics. On the day of the incident Foundation Field Agents were sent to search for specimens of SCP-XXXX in a 1 kilometer radius of the original site of recovery. While personnel were collecting the specimens for containment, a Field Agent picked up a specimen from its underside, the specimen proceeded to tightly squeeze around the agent's fingers causing him to cry out in pain. The personnel in the area were alerted to this and ran over to the injured Field Agent. It took two Field Agents 3 minutes to successfully pry the specimen off of the agent. The agent who was attacked made a full recovery, only due to the fact that the specimen was removed.

Addendum XXXX: Field Agents are required to search for and terminate any specimens of SCP-XXXX in order to prevent further spread. Field Agents are to return to any nearby Foundation facility with at least 100 specimens contained in a large truck. The specimens should then be removed and incinerated inside the facility by personnel within 24 hours of arrival.