Big Scorpion

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  1. Inyo Tim

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    Last night I went out to tend to the cats in the greenhouse and noticed a cat batting at something behind the water bowl. I slid the bowl out and behind it was the biggest scorpion I've ever seen around these parts. I smushed it and did some research and found it was one of these I think. I wonder what a sting would do to a cat?
    In my research, I found this:"There are at least 100 species of scorpions in the United States; more than half of them are found in California, 58 species. " scorpion.jpg
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    Above is the one I sent to glory.
     
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    Was Rock You Like a Hurricane playing in the background?
     
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    SC Tiger As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Might not bother the cat. Kitters are immune to some things that us hoomans aren't.

    I think certain snake venoms will not hurt a cat, but will kill a human.
     
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    Glad you and the cat were not stung.
     
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    Looks like a desert hairy. Sting is about that of a wasp. Doubtful a cat would let it land a sting but if it did it would just be painful. And with scorpions the bigger the less toxic.

    That is a pretty normal size. I have seen some over 2X that. They will also turn weird colors if they eat different things.
     
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    My cats have never been affected by scorpions. One of them catches them all the time and rips their legs off. I’ve heard that because cats skin is so loose they have a harder time stinging them. Not sure.

    I catch scorpions in my yard almost nightly. I catch them and turn them loose in the desert on my way to work. I don’t kill them unless they come into my house. An unwritten rule I have with them.

    Two main type we have here are bark scorpions and “devil” scorpions. Scorpions with smaller pinchers have more toxin in their venom. Scorpions with bigger pinchers have less and use their pinchers more to subdue their prey as opposed to the toxins to paralyze them.

    One I caught couple weeks ago gave birth before I turned her loose. You can see the other one I caught the night before decided to make a snack out of a couple of the babies

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    Here’s one I caught outside the station. Next to a 3x5 FI card. Bigger, fatter pinchers on him. Devil scorpions often catch and eat the bark scorpions

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    It's really too bad they didn't name those shrimp-crabs. I think that's a better name than scorpion. And then they could sell them at Winn Dixie too.
     
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    The same site where I got the above quote also stated the only state with a larger variety of scorpions is Arizona.
     
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    Nasty critters. One and ALL!
     
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    You just stepped on it? A mag dump would have been more entertaining and GT worthy, lol.

    Nasty critters, glad I live in the cold north.

    I've gone looking for them while working in AZ and NM but no luck yet.
     
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    Come dark they be looking for you.
     
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    Yes, photos of the giant desert hairy match what I whacked. After reading about how friendly they are, mild venom and make good pets, I feel kind of bad about ending its career.
     
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    Caught a pretty fair number of the hairies but only a few bark scorpions. Took Herpetology in grad school and we caught a LOT of hairies in the sand dunes of Palm Springs, especially in the Whitewater Riverbed and the dunes east of town. We caught so many the professor got upset with us (because they weren't reptiles!)
     
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    BTW: An effect of the venom is that your hair stands on end=not fear but an actual physical symptom.
     
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    Deep fried they do taste like shrimp.
     
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    Eaten after you empty the bottle of tequila and they taste like tequila. I prefer that way :cheers:
     
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    My little cat encountered a bark scorpion in our garage one night while we were having a party. I went out to the garage and my cat Cody had one eye shut and he and the scorpion were circling each other like gladiators on the arena. Cody started to whack the scorpion with his paw and before long parts of the little bastard were falling off him Like Legos. ( reminded me of Monty python and the black knight). When the scorpion finally expired, Cody rushed in, grabbed him in his mouth, and chewed him up for good measure. I swear I could hear him yell, "are you not entertained"?
    I called the vet who told me that cats are largely immune to scorpion stings, being desert critters originally themselves, and sure enough Codys eye was back to normal in a half hour.
    Cody got a round of applause from all at the party!
     
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    Seen a lot of them critters in the desert, Saudi and Iraq. Nasty things.
     
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    Yessir that is a pretty big one.