Thursday, June 27, 2013

Scorpions (not the band)

So that's scorpion number two since we had to do the "big dig" in the back yard. Both critters were 'controlled' by Carrie. It seems they are stalking her.

So I did some research to refresh my knowledge:

" Another desert scorpion that dwells in North America is the giant desert hairy scorpion. It can grow to lengths of 14 cm, and is a brown color with yellowish pincers and legs. Its name was derived from the brown hairs that cover the whole body. This scorpion also has a long tail that is tipped with a bulb-like poison gland and stinger. An interesting fact is that the hairs are used to detect ground and air vibrations. Through the vibration, the scorpion can determine the direction of its prey.
This scorpion also possesses venom, like any other scorpion. Although some people keep the hairy scorpion as a pet, it is also known for its aggressive nature and will use its sting frequently. Its sting is painful, but the venom is not as dangerous as the venom of other desert scorpion species. The sting is mild and has little effect on most humans.

One thing you should remember: if you are stung by either of these scorpions, it doesn’t matter how dangerous or mild the sting is. You should always seek medical attention immediately afterwards, or as soon as you can."

Source: ORKIN

Fun times!

My guess is that the sod roller I used to pack in the Bermuda Grass seeds on Sunday stirred them up again. They don't much care for vibration and that beast made some noise I am sure.

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