If you Live in Texas, you have seen a Scorpion
The most common type of scorpion in College Station TX as well as other parts of the Texas hill country is the striped bark scorpion.
Scorpions are more active at night due to their need for cool and damp places.
They are commonly found under logs and rocks.
While present in other states in the southwest, the largest number are found in Texas.
Scorpions are arachnids. This means that they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. Approximately thirty babies are born and carried on the mothers back until they are able to care for themselves. The life span of the striped bark scorpion is about four years.
When exposed to black light, a scorpion will glow in the dark. You may have seen UV flashlights with UV lights that are used for hunting scorpions.
Scorpions are not particularly aggressive. Humans are not their favorite mealtime treat. They will however, sting if you startle them during their normal activities. Approximately twenty five of the many species of scorpions have a venom that is toxic enough to injure or kill a human. The common striped bark species is not one of them. There are people who may have allergies to their sting, so caution should be used. The sting of one will hurt a lot for about twenty minutes and some discomfort may remain for another day. Ice packs on the affected area will help with the discomfort.
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