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 anti-venom injection.
The Arizona bark scorpion is one of the smaller species of scorpions, but don’t let that fool you—it’s also the only type whose sting can be dangerous or even deadly. It is usually between 1/2 to 1 inch in length, and its color may vary from light tan to a darker brown, depending upon the environment in which it lives.
Bark scorpions are natural climbers, with the ability to scale walls and walk across ceilings. You may also find them clinging to the underside of pieces of bark or wood when you pick them up. If you think you’ve been stung by a bark scorpion, seek medical attention and monitor your symptoms closely.
Scorpions live in warm and dry climates but are very sensitive to loss of moisture as they obtain most of their water from their prey. They can be found both outside in woodpiles, palm trees, and decorative bark as well as inside homes or any place dark and cool. These creatures typically find their way indoors in search of a more suitable environment or food sources when outdoor conditions change. Once inside, scorpions tend to reside in basements, crawl spaces, and dark hiding places such as under cabinets and sinks.
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