What kind of Scorpion is this?

Chris Behof

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I live in Phoenix, AZ and just found this small scorpion in my house today. I am a huge snake/reptile guy but don't know squat about scorpions since we just moved out here.

I believe there are at least 30 different types of scorpions in AZ so I need help narrowing it down to see if it is a possible threat to my family/dogs.

I found it on the ceiling in my kitchen and it very small, maybe the width of a dime or so.

Thanks a bunch for the help!


Chris Behof
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Treynok

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My guess, an immature Centruroides sculpturatus - Arizona bark scorpion. Not threatening to a healthy adult unless allergic but it can be medically significant, I'm not sure how a dog would take to a sting from these but these are among the more venomous of the species in the US.

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scorpionmom

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It guess it could be a immature Centruroides sculpturatus. It is not very dangerous to a healthy adult but could be medically significant to a child or, in your case, a dog. But don't take this as a bad thing. Scorpions are incredible animals. Do you plan on keeping this one?
 

Chris Behof

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Thanks for the help guys!

I'll assume its a bark and take appropriate precautions. And yes, I will try to raise it up for a while!

Crickets are fine for food I'm guessing?

Chris
 

Michiel

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100% positive C.sculpturatus, an instar 4 judging by the size...probably molted a few weeks ago, judging by the striking coloration.
 

Michiel

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lifestages in scorpions are called instars, at birth they are instar 1, when they molt, instar 2, then they molt to instar 3 etc etc
 

scorpionmom

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Thanks for the help guys!

I'll assume its a bark and take appropriate precautions. And yes, I will try to raise it up for a while!

Crickets are fine for food I'm guessing?

Chris
Yes, crickets will be fine. Try to replicate the habitat you found it in. Good luck!:)
 

scorpionmom

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Hahahaha.......I found it in my kitchen, should I put a plate and a spoon in the cage? ; )
That is funny.:) No, sand. Try to find some away from roads or places that it could have been sprayed with chemicals. Also, bark is a must, especially vertically. Research more about it if you are seriously planning to keep it.;)
 

Kaos

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Hahahaha.......I found it in my kitchen, should I put a plate and a spoon in the cage? ; )
Yep, and use pasta as substrate :p

Nah, copy the outside environment near your house and it should be fine.
 
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