What does a striped bark scorpion look like?
These nocturnal arachnids (yes, they are related to spiders) are a yellowish-tan color, with two dark stripes that run along the back. Males have longer tails than females. Similar to spiders, the young attach themselves to the mother’s back for about two weeks. The lifespan is generally 3-8 years, but in certain cases, some may live 20-25 years.
What is their habitat and what do they eat?
Scorpions prefer a dry climate, such as deserts, where species vary the most. You are likely to find the striped bark scorpion under debris, boards and rocks. Scorpion dwellings are generally associated with dead vegetation, fallen logs, and human dwellings. Climbing trees and walls is common for this scorpion, as they are often found in the attics of homes. Their diet consists of spiders, crickets, worms, and other small invertebrates.
What happens if I am stung by a striped bark scorpion?
Only 20-25 species of scorpions are considered dangerous out of the 1,500 species on earth. While this specific scorpion won’t kill you upon contact, it is venomous and will cause a moderate reaction that might include redness, swelling, pain, and discomfort. An ice pack may relieve some of these symptoms. Allergic reactions are also a possibility, and if severe pain or difficulty breathing occurs, seek immediate medical attention.