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Paruroctonus silvestrii

‘The Scorpion’
~Hilaire Belloc~

The Scorpion is as black as soot,
He dearly loves to bite;
He is a most unpleasant brute
To find in bed at night.

   I found this fellow running across my desk in the house today.
Luckily I had my mug to trap him, so I could take him outside.

Scorpion, Paruroctonus silvestrii


  Paruroctonus silvestrii
…. These are the common little scorpions here in California.
They are not terribly poisonous… I’ve been stung by one once….
It feels like a nail has been driven into your skin. It really hurts….
The local site of my strike suffered a necrosis…
in ten days I had a small half pea-sized chunk of  skin and meat slough off, leaving  a half-healed crater in my finger.  But it grew back in OK.
   I got stung while digging a hole and not wearing gloves..
always wear your protective gear… if I’d had strong gloves on, I’d not have been stung….
just like when the tarantula or the Black Widow bit me… gloves would have been nice then too! LOL



Click to embiggen,
you can see the hairs on this dude.



A Scorpion, Paruroctonus silvestrii

A Scorpion, Paruroctonus silvestrii

I let him go in the front yard… which is just a weed-whacked wilderness really.
We have deer and quail wandering daily in the front yard….
We see tarantulas and scorpions and rattlesnakes here often enough….
there’s no need to run this guy a mile away to ‘release’ him….

but when I got close to take his picture… he got shy and curled up, all scared
when I backed the camera off he’d jump up and start to run away.


A Scorpion

A Scorpion

Yeah, he’s a pretty nice looking little animal.
He reminds me of a lobster
Our lobsters here in California don’t have big claws….
These guys hold their prey with their claws.. and their stinging tail comes up and over their head… they will push the spike into their prey… it pushes in and holds there… you can see they will often make several little pushes to fully embed the stinger.
When I got stung, it happened very quickly….
I think in my case it just wanted to give me a ‘short, sharp shock’ so I’d know I was crushing it while digging bare-handed in the soil. In the case of a bug that it captures, it has the ability to hold and restrain the prey animal while it very deliberately injects its poison to maximum effect.


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