Creature Feature: Striped Bark Scorpion

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I’ve seen these creatures a number of times, but they are very shy and dash off quickly.

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A Striped Bark Scorpion on a log in Louisiana The Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is a nocturnal predator of insects with a broad range extending from Mexico through the southern United States east to Louisiana. Photo and copyright C.Paxton

Striped Bark Scorpion, image and copyright Charles Paxton Striped Bark Scorpion, image and copyright Charles Paxton

This specimen is about 2.5 inches long and has pincers with which to clasp its prey while the stinger pierces its chitinous armour and injects venom. The claws then bring the food to its two protuberant jaws, the chelicerae.

Striped Bark Scorpion Striped Bark Scorpion in Louisiana

This Striped Bark Scorpion has six eyes. Two Median eyes on top and a pair of lateral eyes on each side. This Striped Bark Scorpion has six eyes. Two Median eyes on top and a pair of lateral eyes on each side.

A macro shot of a Striped Bark Scorpion. In your face, Scorpion. A macro shot of a Striped Bark scorpion. Photo and copyright C.Paxton.

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