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How can a scorpion sting affect you?

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A jab from this critter’s curvy tail is painful, but it rarely causes an allergic reaction. You might have minor problems, like pain, swelling, numbness, and tingling at the site.

But in the U.S. Southwest., the bark scorpion has venom that causes symptoms like fast breaths, high blood pressure, a racing heart, weakness, and muscle twitches. They’re light tan with a little darker back, about 2-3 inches long, and if you have a UV light, they may glow in the dark.

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension: "Scorpions."

University of Oklahoma Police Department: "Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners."

USDA Forest Service: "Wildlife Safety in the South."

National Park Service: Bark ScorpionOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension: "Scorpions."

University of Oklahoma Police Department: "Oklahoma’s Perilous Partners."

USDA Forest Service: "Wildlife Safety in the South."

National Park Service: Bark ScorpionOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: "Scorpions."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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