In San Antonio scorpions are no laughing matter. Although we don’t have deadly scorpions in our area, the sting of our local scorpions can pack quite a punch.
What are scorpions?
Both scorpions and spiders are arachnids. Like spiders, scorpions have eight legs, but unlike spiders, scorpions have a pair of pinchers that help them catch and hold prey, as well as a stinger on their tails that delivers a dose of venom to their unfortunate victim.
Scorpions are nocturnal creatures that hide during the hot summer days, as Texas heat is too much for them. They find crevices in logs or wooden structures, hide under rocks, or locate other dark, cool places to hang out during the daytime, and then come out at night to hunt.
In San Antonio, the scorpion that people need to watch out for is Centruroides vittatus, also known as the striped bark scorpion. This is a yellow or … Read Full Post »