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  • Striped Bark Scorpion - (Centruroides vittatus)

    Striped Bark Scorpion - (Centruroides vittatus)

    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.

    Picture of Striped Bark Scorpion
    Staff Writer (8/7/2017): 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.

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    Striped Bark Scorpion

    Category: Scorpion
    Common name: Striped Bark Scorpion
    Scientific Name: Centruroides vittatus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Scorpionida
          Family: Buthidae
           Genus: Centruroides
            Species: vittatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 70mm (0.98in to 2.76in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, ivory, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: stinging, venomous, harmful, tail, pincers, pinchers, two-toned

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Louisiana; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; Oklahoma; Texas; Utah; Wyoming; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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