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Need Help Identifying Arizona Scorpion Species

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Cheyenne Exotics, Jul 12, 2017.

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    I'm thinking Vaejovis species but I could be wrong. :)
  2. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

    This is a Lesser stripetail scorpion- Chihuahuanus coahuilae

    a small, but very attractive species. neat find!
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  3. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    Is that what V coahuilae morphed into? The sting is reported to be fairly painful.
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  4. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

    it hurts for literally half a minute, then you dont feel like anything stung you at all. Kinda like hitting your finger with a hammer
  5. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoprince Active Member

    Yeah I guess don't believe everything I read.
  6. Daniel Edwards

    Daniel Edwards Arachnosquire Active Member

    I vote vaejovis or similar sp. The tail appears too thick for centruroides. I've collected vaejovis sp in the wild. Thrilling!
  7. crlovel

    crlovel Arachnopeon

    Definitely not a C. sculpturatus. Tail is much too thick.
  8. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron Active Member

    Okay, I just skipped to the end, cause this guy's a local. I know him well. It's a striped tail. Yeah yeah yeah, scientific name, blah blah blah. You get a pass on the latin if you've stepped on one barefoot in the middle of the night. It's a striped tail. Which is awesome.

    They are so active and funny to keep, dancing all over the place, kicking ass of any and sundry within reach, but they are cannibalistic little devils... and in their hearts, THEY WISH YOU ILL. Much more agressive than barks or hairies! Know where the little bugger is before you put your hand in the tank. Otherwise, it'll all be over but the crying. Seriously, they sit around during the day and plot your demise. Do yourself a favor, shake your shoes in the morning. If you pull a blanket out of the closet and get a sting, it's a bark scorpion. As for shoes and clothes you left on the floor last night, this is usually the guilty party. And he's laughing. :vamp:
  9. brandontmyers

    brandontmyers Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Smokehound is right on this one, as always. Chihuahuanus coahuilae.
  10. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron Active Member

    Um, yup. It doesn't have that horrible electric shock component that bark scorpion stings do, but it's memorable! Not like a honey bee, more like a hornet. Localized swelling, possible discomfort throughout the day. Few after effects unless there is some allergy issue.
  11. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron Active Member

    And contrary to some websites, stripetails cannot be kept communally. They may share a habitat for short periods of time, but sooner or later you will own one single fat scorpion.

    As an odd little aside, I have often seen mature male Aphonopelma chalcodes, who eat very little once they mature during breeding season in the wild, contentedly munching on this scorpion. On two occasions (once in Maricopa County and once in Yavapa County), I have seen a now-tailless adult stripetail scurrying away as a mature desert blonde gnawed on his violently detatched tail. They must be particularly tasty, although I cannot confirm that from personal experience. :rolleyes:
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  12. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron Active Member

    And while I knew ThExMETAL666 was incorrect about the species, I completely agree that that is a fantastic-looking habitat, just exactly like the terrain in which I most often find these guys scurrying around at night. They are very active hunters and can be found far from any perceivable cover. For that reason, I would err on the side of a larger container with more terrain to explore. And they are a surprisingly attractive and hardy adult species to keep. I always try to have a striped tail on hand, because when no other scorpion is out and about, this guy will often be poking around and does not seem to particularly fear observation with the light on.

    I keep my stripe-tails with death-feigning or iron-clad beetles (Asbolus verrucosus), which are very good at cleaning up any prey scraps, and/or with pinacate beetles (Eleodes ca. spinipes), which are also very hardy and absolutely hilarious to watch going about their clowney beetle business. They are easy to find in the wild, and they also have a long lifespan. Watch this species, however, as they can spray a noxious chemical when harassed. Like skunks, they will flash their abdomens up in the air in warning if threatened.