Oh help. I just have to keep asking myself what in the world I'm doing living in the Mojave desert! Tabs ran inside screaming the other day that she found a scorpion in the yard. GAAAHHHHH!!!
But, to try to be pleasant I'll turn this into a fun science lesson!
OK class, pay attention please!
This lovely specimen is the hadrurus arizonesis or, the Arizona Hairy Scorpion. It belongs in the phylum Arthropoda and in the class Arachnida. This class also includes creatures like spiders, mites and ticks.
Notice the little hairy spines all over its body. The coloring is a clear-ish yellow with darker coloring on top. This specimen is found in Arizona as well as southern California. They grow to be about 5-7 inches long. They have 4 pairs of legs, a set of pincers in front and a tail with a stinger.
The Hairy Scorpion's venom isn't very potent, but if you happen to be allergic to it, a sting could be extremely dangerous.
This scorpion feeds on all sorts of insects, small mammals and reptiles like mice and lizards (if they can be conquered) as well as other scorpions.
To prevent an infestation of scorpions around your property it is advised that you clean up any piles of debris, bricks, stones, logs, etc. Keep your grass short and keep your flowerbeds well pruned and weeded to prevent places where scorpions will hide.
To dissuade scorpions from entering your home make sure doors and windows are well fitted and use weather-stripping or caulk to patch up leaks. Watch out for tree branches that overhang your home which could allow scorpions to gain access to your roof.
Well class, did you enjoy our little lesson?
Would everyone like a turn to hold little scamper?
Well folks, this is the reality of the desert. I've just gotta get used to it. And somehow teach my children to wear shoes when they play outside...
*Edited to add- A friend commented and mentioned a great "Mormon Messages" video with a scorpion story. This is certainly the right post to add it to. Thanks Diana!