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Just a little under...

So far I've seen 3 of them around the house we are staying at (house sitting for a friend), until our house is completed.

I sprayed around the house and yard, and I think that's what brought them out. (They all died shortly after they came out of where ever they were hiding.)

they're far more common in town then in the actual desert. They're there, but conditions are better for them in town.

I think the house had been unsed for about a month before we moved in.

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Scorps are kool!Box 'em up & ship 'em to me!
Especially dipped in chocolate!:lick:
 

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Rich Z said:
Heck, you don't need a desert for them critters. They are found just about everywhere in Florida.
I lived in florida for at least 10 years and don't recall ever seing one. (I lived in the Tampa / St Pete area [Gulfport])

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reminds me of my fluffy, except fluffy is an emperor scorpion...not one of those little pissant things.
and it's not one of those tiny bark scorpions either. Which is a GOOD thing, considering that the little brown bark buggers are the ones that are actually poisonous enough to be a threat. (though you still have to be somewhat allergic before it is fatal.)

What this guy lacks in size, he makes up by having a lot of friends....

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First time I saw one was the second time I snake hunted north Louisiana. There was a fairly large rock cracked in half vertically. I separated the two rocks and saw about 2 dozen, so I slowly rolled the two halfs back together, shivered (because I was tent camping in that area, and quickly moved on. Now, I just cup them if someone wants one or just ignore them when I see them.

Those west Texas centipedes are another matter. Since I had one escape into my house, I've had a little irrational "uncomfortableness" whe I see them.
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At one of the reptile shows I attended a while back, a friend of mine was working with and selling scorpions. He said that as a general rule, the smaller the size of the pinchers on a scorpion, the deadlier the venom. There are some of those buggers out there that are certain death if you get stung by them. I don't think any of the North American species fit into this category, but from what I have heard, some of the stings can pack quite a whallop.

But the world is full of things like that. I believe it is the blue spotted octopus in Australia that has known to have people die from a bite within 3 seconds. And you know those real pretty lion fish that you see in the aquatic pet stores? Don't stick your hand into the water to try to play with them....

Heck, if you don't notice you are standing on a fire ant mound quick enough, you could be in for quite a bit of pain.

Now if you really want to get your skin crawling, take a look at these photos from what was supposed to be a brown recluse bite:

The critter:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/brown_recluse1.jpg">
Day 3 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day3.jpg">
Day 4 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day4.jpg">
Day 5 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day5.jpg">
Day 6 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day6.jpg">
Day 9 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day9.jpg">
Day10 after bite:
<img src= "http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/pics/brown_recluse/day10.jpg">

No, I don't know whom the hand belongs to. This was sent to me via an email.
 

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I think that hand might actually be attributed to a hobo spider....

I have sen the same picture described as such - they are far worse than the brown recluse.

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Thanks!

I checked out those links, but none of the illustrated bites look as severe as the one I posted above. I sure wish I knew positively what caused that bite so I would know what to steer clear from. That is one nasty looking wound!
 

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Man, here in FL I've seen it all...LOL

Scorpions, the little 1.5" brown bastards, to the bigger black ones. For some reason they love my mailbox. I've taken to shaking the mail when I pull it out. Found a whiptail scorpion in work last year. The guys put it in a 1/3 full jar of Peak (industrial degreaser, slightly less toxic than trichlorethylene). 3 hours later it was still alive (the top was on the jar, no holes) and striking at whoever came near. They dumped him on the ground and set him on fire. The thing ran nearly 20 ft before dying. That's tough.

We;ve had our share of spiders. The recluses can be bad, their venon is liek a rattlesnake, the tissue gets necrotic, only thing you can do is cut out all of the saturated tissue, otherwise it just keeps getting worse, like that picture. 'Course we had a wolf spider move in a while back and haven't seen any other spiders (or other bugs for that matter) in a long time, so I'm not screwing with him.

Then there's the centipedes, milipedes and some things I don't know the names of.

Swamps suck.

Don't get me started on the snakes either. . .
 

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Great pics, I probably shouldn't have looked at them, spiders scare the living PISS outa me...ever since I saw that movie Arachnaphobia when I was 7 or 8.:puke:
 

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i've been 'tagged' a few times by scorpions when installing mobile homes, to me it feels like you are laying on a light ciggarette until you get off the damn things or bush em off [usually i've clonked my head/knee/elbow] in the process, ha! you get the picture, but then it just feels like[to me] one of those black/yellow wasp stings. dosn't hurt @ all once the pain goes away,heh,heh,!

the ants have got to me worse, as one time pulling the running gear off a double-wide,there was a huge colony in my a.o. i got tagged every where!8or 9 times for sure,rapid heart beat and chilly sweats[if that makes any sense]i got alittle concerned with that experience.

my girlfriend was bitten on the top of her sexy little left foot in 95 by a brown recluse. i had her come see the pictures, she veified,you bet! left untreated it will keep spreading. she went to hospital [picture day#6] with WHITE flesh around bite is already dead, she said dr.and then her, would probe into bite,then go in and then up to get ahead of the venom, scraping out the dead flesh, but she's lucky,as there isn't any 'meat' to speak of on top of the foot! left about a dimes size scar on her.
those guys are definitly bad news!

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That's bad, she's lucky that bits of dead flesh didn't get picked up by the bloodstream. (Necrotic venom causes..) Gangreen's serious business.
 
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