Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Striped Bark Scorpion.
Updated: 8/7/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Striped Bark Scorpions have a non-lethal yet painful sting that heals on its own, which is good news since they are found indoors almost as often as outside.
Striped Bark Scorpions have long slender bodies and a two-toned coloring. The pincers, legs and tail are a pale yellow-ivory while the abdomen is a dark brown. Two long stripes line the sides of the back.The tip of the tail's stinger is black. Pincers are used to capture insect prey and hold it while the flexible tail tipped with a stinger and venom sac stings it to death. This species is known to sting people when surprised by them (by uncovering a hiding spot). Their venom is mildly toxic meaning it is not known to kill people despite unproven claims. The sting in painful though and the wound swells and turns red. The pain subsides relatively quickly, but symptoms like numbness and irritation may linger for a while. A hospital visit is not necessary for adults, however those with severe medical and allergic sensitivities as well as small children that are stung by this scorpion should see a physician.
Striped Bark Scorpions are wandering hunters and can be found anywhere outdoors. They climb trees, fence posts, and wood piles. They crawl under rocks, tent flaps and fallen trees. They crawl into empty shoes, sleeping bags, and homes. They can be seen crawling on floors, walls and in corners. At night, a phosphorescent light can illuminate their bodies, making them visible with yellow-ish glow. Habitats ranging from woodlands to deserts are home for the Striped Bark Scorpion. Water sources like sinks and tubs inside a human home are regrettably also attractive.