How to Identify the Arizona Bark Scorpion

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The Arizona Bark Scorpion was once thought to be extremely dangerous, but now is considered to be fatally dangerous primarily to infants, children, people in poor health, and the elderly. Also, people who are allergic can have very bad reactions to the Arizona bark scorpion. Even still, it has a very potent venom, and can harm you with its powerful sting. Given this, here is information to help you avoid the sting of this powerful little scorpion.

    Observe that the Arizona bark scorpion is a small scorpion that usually is about 7 cm long. As small as the Arizona bark scorpion is, it is packed with a venomous stinger that it will not hesitate to use if you get close enough. This species of scorpion is small and can be stepped on rather easily if you do not watch where you are going. Do not walk in bare feet!

    Identify the bark scorpion by something other than color as the coloration of the Arizona bark scorpion is varied from one to another, though most are brown to tan. Many people believe that the different colors found are actually different species of bark scorpion. Further study is needed on this fascinating scorpion.

    Search for the Arizona bark scorpion in the Southwest and in Arizona in particular. While many scorpions are desert dwellers, the Arizona bark scorpion prefers areas that are moist. As such, this leads them into contact with humans quite often.

    Imprison the Arizona bark scorpion in a slippery container to prevent it from climbing out. The Arizona bark scorpion is unusual among scorpions in that they are actually capable of climbing anything that has a rough surface. They will climb into places where they are certainly not welcome so always be aware of where you put your hands and feet. The Arizona bark scorpion will not, however, be able to climb a slick surface so a glass container is a good disposable carrier for removal.

    Notice that all scorpions are not alike and this one is much more dangerous. However, like all scorpions, it has the traditional scorpion build with two claws up front and a curled tail with stinger in the back. It is generally a shy scorpion, but will sting if provoked. When you walk outside at night, carry a black light and they will shine like neon against the light.

    Things You'll Need

    • A safe vantage point
    • A black light at night
    • Knowledge about the scorpion


    • The Arizona bark scorpion is dangerous to some humans. The Arizona bark scorpion can be a number of shades of color. The Arizona bark scorpion is found throughout the Southwest.


    • Children, Infants, the elderly, and people in poor health are at great risk with the Arizona bark scorpion. All stings should be treated at the hospital.

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