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What to do after a scorpion sting.

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 »

Looking out for Scorpions in Texas

Scorpions may be small, but their stings pack quite a wallop! While the pesky critters can be found all over the state of Texas, we are quite lucky that you can only find one scorpion species in the Corpus Christi area.

Let’s take a look at what scorpions are, why they sting, and how you can avoid falling into their clutches.

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids. Similar to spiders, they have eight legs, but they also come equipped with a pair of vicious-looking pincers in the front and a distinctive tail curled over their back that’s loaded with venom.

As nocturnal creatures, scorpions usually hide out during the day, both to avoid light and heat and to conserve moisture. They actually can overheat in the Texas sun! At night, they hunt prey, which includes other arachnids, insects and even fellow scorpions.

Like some snakes, scorpions are venomous. The stinger in their tails contains venom … Read Full Post »