One Bright Yellow Scorpion You Might Want To Avoid in Washington State
Are Scorpions Native To Washington State?
It might surprise you to learn that Canada has only one variety of scorpions that can survive in the cold and yes it's been spotted on occasion in Washington State.
How Many Scorpion Species Live In Washington State?
One such scorpion was discovered in Starbuck Washington in June of 2022.
The Paruroctonus boreus is a small scorpion, measuring up to only 2 inches in length. The scorpion's color ranges from yellow to brown, and it has two short pincers and a stinging tail.
Despite its small size, the Northern Scorpion is known to be capable of delivering a nasty sting that can cause acute pain, but it is rarely fatal to humans.
The Northern Scorpion is known to be nocturnal and spends most of its time hiding under rocks, logs, or other debris. It feeds on insects, spiders, and other small arthropods that it can catch with its pincers or sting.
The female Northern Scorpion is noteworthy for its unique reproductive system. It gives birth to live young, and interestingly, it carries the young scorpions on its back for several days until they can take care of themselves.
The cool thing is that the Northern Scorpion glows a bright blue-green color under ultraviolet light.
The good news is the Northern Scorpion are fairly harmless and would like to avoid us as much as we'd like to avoid them. It's best to stay clear of them so as not to disrupt their habitat.