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The Different Scorpion Species in the World

Scorpions are classified as predatory arthropods. They don’t bite, but they sting. They can unload a lot of venom to their prey as a way of protecting themselves. This is also how they catch their meals. Though humans are generally not their type, they can’t help but strike with sting if they feel threatened by the Homo sapiens. Today, there are thousands of scorpion species spread across the globe. They are only missing in Antarctica.

Kinds of Scorpions

Listing them all, of course, will take us a lot of time, so let’s focus on the few interesting ones such as the following:

Albino Scorpion: Albino scorpions are very hard to find. In fact, many believe they are completely non-existent, though a number have been found in Mexico. There are two distinct physical features of these scorpions. First they lack color, which means they are white. They also seem to lack a pair of eyes. They are mostly found in caves.

Bark Scorpion: One of the most dangerous scorpion species in the world is the bark scorpion. They are usually very large with interesting patterns on the back. They also fluoresce or glow strongly when exposed under ultraviolet light, unless they have just shed off their old skin. The bark scorpions are aplenty in the southwest side of the United States, as well as in Arizona. It is extremely life threatening to adults who experience allergic reactions to their venom, and to children, especially if they already have an existing respiratory-related illness.

Black Scorpion: This is mostly found in the wilder regions of Asia, particularly in Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. It lives most of its life among natural debris or log, though you may spot it once in a while crawling on the ground looking for food. It may also create a burrow for itself perhaps for protection or shelter. Black scorpions don’t produce very lethal venom, but that doesn’t mean the sting is not going to hurt. This is because the stinging barb is much bigger or fatter. The black scorpions are also bigger than the others.

Stripe-tailed Scorpion: Like the bark scorpion, the stripe-tailed scorpion usually lives in New Mexico as well as in Arizona. It is one of the biggest scorpions you’ll ever find. It feeds on tiny invertebrates and other scorpions. Though it lives mostly in sandy soil and rocky hills, it may also survive and live conveniently inside your home, such as inside your bag or within your closet. Despite being called the devil scorpion, it doesn’t pose a very grave threat to humans. Further, it is distinguished from its relative, the black scorpion, through the tan stripes in its tail.

Gold Scorpions: You will never miss out on the gold scorpions. They are not only huge, but they are also prominently tan or gold, hence, the name. They are mostly found in Europe and Asia, but they can still thrive in any deserted region or dry forest. They prefer to burrow themselves deep for protection, and they’re good in doing it. They are known to be very aggressive, and their venom is one of the deadliest in the world. This may be the reason why they are called the Death Stalker scorpion. They usually fight with their claws, though their venom can cause symptoms almost immediately.

It’s common for those who are living in Arizona to meet scorpions because of its hot climate and presence of a huge desert. However, it’s going to be such a headache if your home is infested by it. Your lack of knowledge and tools may prevent you from handling them properly. Worse, you may place yourself in worse danger.

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