Scorpions are usually thought of as desert animals. They also occur in many more surprising places, such as rain forests and snow covered rocks at 12,000 ft in the Andes Mountains and the Himalayas. There are about 90 species in the U.S. and 30 species in the Sonora Desert of Arizona where we live.
Here in our classroom we like the danger of owning a venomous animal. Our scorpion is an Emperor scorpion. In Arizona the most common scorpion is probably the Bark Scorpion. Among the most deadly to humans are the Death Stalker, the Yellow Fat Tailed Splitter, the Honduran Bark, and the Yellow Fat Tail.
Copyright 2005 Milespanda26, Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus (scientific name).
Emperor scorpion in our classroom
- Seal all openings in your house because anything a credit card fits through a Bark Scorpion will fit through, and the Bark Scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in Arizona.
This tip I learned from a friend: if stung, do not put ice on the bite (or any thing else) the best thing to do is call Poison Help at 1800-222-1222.
Always check your shoes before you put them on by shaking them and hitting them against something; this will shake the scorpion loose from its hiding place.
Information on the Internet
- Enchanted Learning This site has lots of facts about scorpions.
- key-net.net This website has good information on owning a scoprpion.