is a Scorpion?
Scorpions are venomous arthropods of the class
Arachnida and they are considered relatives of
the spider, mite, tick and harvestmen. There are
approximately 1,300 species of scorpions worldwide,
and everyone of them is characterized by an elongated
body and a segmented tail tipped with a venomous
stinger. Scorpions are usually thought of as desert
animals, but in fact they occur in many other
habitats as well including: grasslands, savannahs,
deciduous forests, montane pine forests, rain
forest and caves. Scorpions have been found under
snow-covered rocks at elevations of over 12,000
feet in the Andes Mountains of South America and
the Himalayas of Asia. About 90 species of scorpions
occur in the U.S., and all but four of them are
naturally occurring West of the Mississippi River.
Living scorpions reflect ultraviolet light and
can glow with an eerie greenish colour when exposed
to UV light, no matter what colour they appear
under normal lighting conditions.
What's the Most Dangerous Scorpion?
world's most dangerous scorpion lives in North
Africa and the Mid-East is a species known as
Androctonus, Buthus, Hottentotta, or Leiurus.
In South America its Tityus, in India its Mesobuthus,
and in Mexico its Centruroides. In some regions,
scorpion stings are a significant cause of death.
The species Centruroides exilicauda (formerly
called C. sculpturatus) is found over much of
Arizona and the South West and its venom can produce
severe pain and swelling at the site of the sting.
Death is rare, and anti venom is available for
severe cases. If you would like to have your own
scorpion please choose a framed scorpion from
our collection over hunting down a live one!