Windscorpions are not scorpions though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have two body segments (head and body), Windscorpions have three segments included a narrowing at the 'waist'. They typically hide in burrows during the day and come out at night.
The Pale Windscorpion prefers to live a solitary life and hunt alone. They run in a zig-zag pattern, scouring the ground for prey. They are known to hunt other arachnids as well as insects. They have even killed and consumed smalls vertebrates like lizards. They cut up their prey with their large pincers (chelicerae) which almost look like fangs.
They are native to dry, arid regions (deserts), but have adapted to a more diverse climate and habitat.
Males are smaller than females, but have longer legs. Males are extremely fast and move 'like the wind' (hence their name).
Windscorpions look more dangerous than they really are. They do not produce venom and only bite if handled carelessly.
Common name: Pale Windscorpion
Scientific Name: Eremobates pallipes
Adult Size (Length): 22mm to 32mm (0.87in to 1.26in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow
General Description: pinchers, scorpion, 8 legs
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming,
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