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From claws to extended tail, approx. 2.5" long scorpion.
In our rock driveway
The ID suggestions are correct. I've found numerous individuals of this species and even kept one as a pet when I was younger. @katmc2020 That is not necessarily true, but usually when the pedipalps (pincers) are smaller, they are more venomous because they can't crush the prey with their pincers. Emperor scorpions, native to Africa and popular in the pet trade (I have one), have really big pincers and rarely use their stingers because they can crush their prey. There are mixed feelings about the bark scorpion's toxicity, but I wouldn't want to get stung by anything.
This is a Striped Bark Scorpion, Centruroides vittatus. These guys are actually not that dangerous. My brother's dog gets stung all the time. Not that you would want to get stung...
Did you know you did something dangerous! The smaller it is the more poisonous! That one can kill a 5 year old child instantly! The biggest species is only as bad as a bug bite! :•
Hey you could join the Oklahoma and Texas Wildlife mission!
I placed a quarter near the scorpion for scale.
Spotted on Jun 13, 2012 Submitted on Jun 14, 2012
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