A cold-tolerant scorpion, the Northern Scorpion can be found at high elevations in warm states like Arizona, and in the valleys of mountainous provinces.
The Northern Scorpion is native to states and provinces that many would find uninhabitable for a scorpion. This hardy arachnid can withstand colder temperatures that its desert kin would find deadly. The dark stripes on the body may appear brown or even black depending on what region it is in. Like all arachnids, it has eight legs; pincer-like pedipalps do not count as part of the eight. Like all scorpions, it has a venom-packed stinger on its tail, and it uses its pedipalps to hold down insect prey while stinging it. Strong chelicerae then chew and consume the insect.
Look for the Northern Scorpion roaming the ground, hunting for its next meal. It is usually the only type of scorpion in its area, and lives in a wide range of habitats and at various elevations, finding that 'sweet spot' that is not cold enough to kill it, and not warm enough to allow other species to move in.
Scientific Name: Paruroctonus boreus
Size (Adult; Length): 35mm to 55mm (1.37in to 2.15in)
Colors: brown; black; yellow; ivory
Descriptors: stinging; tail; armor; brown yellow stripes; claws; pincers
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