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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Arizona Bark Scorpion

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The Arizona bark scorpion occurs from southern California through southern Arizona into western New Mexico; and in adjacent Mexico (Baja California, Sonora, and Chihuahua).

They can be found in many places due to its ability to climb. It can be found not only under rocks or in rock crevices, but also in trees or high on rock walls. They also can be found inside of peoples dwellings trapped in sinks or bathtubs, climbing walls, or in a dark closet.

They are predators. They consume all types of insects, spiders, centipedes, and even other scorpions.

Arizona bark scorpions prefer cool and moist areas and can be found in crevices, under pieces of bark, under rocks, under bricks and in houses. They live at least 2-6 years although many live much longer, especially in the wild.

The Arizona bark scorpions body has two parts, a cephalothorax and abdomen. The tail is actually a part of the abdomen. It has five segments each longer than the last; at the tip is the stinger (not considered a segment). They have 8 jointed legs and a pair of pedipalps that are use for grasping prey and sensing.

Did you know? 
  • Scorpions have "hairs" on their legs and other body parts that are sensitive to vibrations in the air. 
  • Bark scorpions will glow a green color (fluoresce) under ultraviolet light. 
  • Scorpions give birth to live young during the summer months. The babies will crawl up their mother's pincers and legs to get on her back. They will ride around on her back until they molt in 7-21 days.

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