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The Stinging Scorpion
A Stinging Scorpion Dared Enter The Home
The human eye is designed and effective, when healthy and operable, towards picking up movement. Last night while I was next door talking to my Mother about this and that, I suddenly stopped mid sentence for having noticed something, but I didn't know what it was just then.
Why look at that little DEVIL!
My emphasis on the word "devil," of course, got my Mother's attention, and she was probably just then forming a very educated and experienced notion of just what it was I was seeing. I only weigh about a hundred and fifty pounds, but I'm a pretty fit buck fifty, and my best right footed stomp on the stinging scorpion I'd spotted by Mom's chair, and very close to her uncovered feet - had left the creature inoperable, but not yet dead. I picked him up gingerly with some toilet paper, and sent him on his way to the great septic tank in ...well, it's in the ground in the yard outside.
The Stinging Scorpion - This is the size and species of the typical Texas Stinging Scorpions.
Finding a Stinging Scorpion In My Work Boots, The Hard Way
I used to work in Dallas, Texas; and for the Dallas Independent School District. It was the single worst job that I'd ever had. If you want to learn to hate the human race - then the DISD is just the place for you to work.
Anyway - the job was horrific, and the entire place is one of the largest criminal organizations in all of the USA, so I slept as late as possible, and got up in order to rush myself ready for work. Once I was forcing on a pair of very nice boots for my job....and, well, I came out of one of those boots with such a quickness and a scream that you'd have thought the devil were inside of it. It wasn't Mephistopheles, but rather, a stinging scorpion inside my work boot.
That is Not My Leg - But Some Folks Are Allergic To Stinging Scorpion Venom
The Deathstalker Of Israel - A Nasty Critter, But The Name Is A Bit Of An Exaggeration
Now, I'll not have you think the stinging scorpion my least favorite bug, it isn't. My least favorite bug under the Sun is actually the red wasp, and his cousin the yellow jacket is my second least favorite bug. I'm certain those two fiends and the stinging scorpions all fill valid ecological roles, but for the life of me - I don't care.
For the record - I'm not allergic to the stinging scorpion's venom, not the kind that live here in Texas. I'm somewhat allergic to red and yellow wasp's stinging poison, and I do sometimes swell and turn purple as a result of those satan spawn insects, but maybe I shouldn't be complaining much? I'm not allergic, and here in Texas - our scorpions are mere annoyances when compared to some scorpions that live in other parts of the world. The Deathstalker comes to mind here - that scorpion looks very similar in shape and colour to the ones living here in Texas, but the sting and toxins transferred therein are quite a lot different. Though The Deathstalker scorpion that lives in Israel and the greater Palestine area can kill someone, most adults, if healthy, would not die from it's sting, they'd only be very sorry for having been stung.
The Deathstalker Scorpion of Palestine (Leiurus quinquestriatus)
The World's Deadliest Scorpion
- World's Deadliest Scorpion ; Fat Tailed Scorpion ; and Death Stalker Scorpion
Nice Hub about scorpions by another Hubpages user.
The Stinging Scorpion
Of course stinging scorpions are not insects, but rather, stinging scorpions are arachnids. All stinging scorpions look very similar - but size and color is the chief difference in these bugs. There are twenty five separate species of stinging scorpion with venom enough to kill a human being. While you may read this and think twenty five deadly species of scorpion is a lot - then please let me help you out with a bit more perspective: There are fourteen hundred species of scorpion in this world - so a mere twenty five deadly species isn't so bad.
Thanks to the wonders of maritime transportation - all major land masses save Antarctica now are populated with stinging scorpions. How fortunate the British were to have no scorpions to speak of - how horrified they must have been when these super nasty and hideously repulsive bugs were first noticed living among them! The scorpions of the United Kingdom - located on the Isle of Sheppey are completely harmless. Well played, you Brits - you must have saw it coming, and picked the least dangerous species.
Globally, there are scorpions for all climates. Some prefer caves, others prefer trees, there are scorpions that prefer rocks, and scorpions that live in thick forests.
The Asian Forest Scorpion
Bothriuridae - An example from a family of stinging scorpion
Euscorpius - A Genus Of Scorpion
The Lives of Stinging Scorpions
Stinging scorpions may well be almost all over the planet Earth, but there is a ton of information that we simply do not know about them. The facts are that even basic information such as the life spans of various and sundry species of scorpion - is all just conjecture. It is not known in most cases, but scorpions tend to live quite a long time. Reported life spans for stinging scorpions are between four and thirty years.
Hadrurus arizonensis the largest of the scorpions in North America is known to live lives of twenty five years. The good news about the giant desert scorpion of the Americas is that it eats lots of it's kin folks.
Some things that are known about all scorpions is that they are all nocturnal, and they all give birth to live baby scorpions that live on their mother's back for weeks prior to setting off on their own scorpion lives.
While all scorpions prefer to live in climates with temperatures of around sixty eight to one hundred degrees Fahrenheit, there are many species that can tolerate sub freezing temperatures and scorching desert heat.
The major benefit stinging scorpions provide to this world is that of sustenance - yes, that is correct, scorpions make great food. No no, do not shudder - I'm not talking about human cuisine - but yes indeed, scorpions are often eaten by people, and well they should be - but rather, many a bird enjoys the taste and flavor of stinging scorpions. Here at the Shaw farm our chickens absolutely love scorpions, and possibly they are the very favorite treat a chicken can have. Centipedes, lizards, mice, possums, and rats all love to dine on scorpion too.
Hadrurus arizonensis - A Long Lived North American Stinging Scorpion Species
Scorpions - Their Unique Manner Of Eating
Stinging scorpions are opportunistic predators one and all - but what is truly unique about these nasty little critters is the way in which they eat. Of course the obvious thing is that these scorpions use their large lobster like pinchers to catch their prey, and they use their neurotoxin injecting tail to kill the prey for food. Small lizards and mice can even be killed and consumed by larger stinging scorpions. Of course we've already went over how humans can be killed by scorpions - but I think we are largely too large and the scenarios rather far fetched in which a human is consumed as food for any scorpion - or overly large party of scorpions. I'd like to not have this last bit of idea tested.
The following paragraph is a copy and paste job from Wikipedia. I'm using this method as it is simple and the text includes the links needed for anyone wishing to further investigate the semi unique way in which scorpions consume their victuals:
Scorpions have a relatively unique style of eating using chelicerae, small claw-like structures that protrude from the mouth that are unique to the Chelicerata among arthropods. The chelicerae, which are very sharp, are used to pull small amounts of food off the prey item for digestion into a pre-oral cavity below the chelicerae and carapace. Scorpions can only ingest food in a liquid form; they have external digestion. The digestive juices from the gut are egested onto the food and the digested food sucked in liquid form. Any solid indigestible matter (fur, exoskeleton, etc.) is trapped by setae in the pre-oral cavity, which is ejected by the scorpion.
Scorpion and Snake Wine - Chinese Analgesic Elixir!
Eating Stinging Scorpions
Literally, I hate stinging scorpions, and I am very quick to kill each and every last one of them that I see. I've laid in bed next door at the Shaw residence when I lived in there and saw those things crawling across the ceiling. They are common in Texas - and they can crawl up your walls and across your ceiling here - no problems at all there for the scorpions. It is said that because stinging scorpions tend to live in the Earth - under rocks and such - that whenever construction in an area is going on that it drives the scorpions about looking for new dwelling places. I tend to doubt this as they are always somewhat present regardless.
I've never found a scorpion in my travel trailer home - maybe being a bit off the ground precludes them from being interested. Certainly there is nothing in my tiny home for a scorpion to eat, and only death awaits them here in my domain. I'd much rather squash them and see them die than even bother walking one out to the chickens for a quick peck to death and bird dining scene.
Rather than go on and on about mundane science that would possibly bore you silly concerning the proteins that make up scorpion toxins - I'd rather leave you with the notion that scorpions can be made use of. Which came first, was it the chicken or the egg? I don't care - the chickens eat scorpions and I eat the chicken's eggs.
© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw