How to Identify a Scorpion
Scorpions are unique-looking arachnids, possessing eight legs, an extended body, a segmented erectile tail with barb stinger at the end, and two claws called pedipalps. They are known most notably for their stinger, which releases venom that contains complex mixtures of short neurotoxic proteins. These neurotoxins cause reactions ranging from initial localized pain, burning or swelling, numbness, tingling, and severe muscle cramps. In some instances, sensitive individuals may have more severe reactions that require emergency medical treatment and an antivenom injection.
Scorpions live in very dry climates but are very sensitive to loss of moisture as they obtain most of their water from their prey. These creatures typically find their way indoors in search of a more suitable environment or food sources when outdoor conditions change. Once inside, they tend to reside in basements, crawl spaces, and dark hiding places such as under cabinets and sinks.
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