Uh…me! It’s one thing to cross paths with them if I’m invading their desert territory…but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of finding one in the garage! And not even buried in anything — just relaxing in front of the washing machine. Nice, right?
Sorry to the folks who like to trap and let things go…but it took three of us armed with a stepstool and a 2″ x 4″ to kill this thing. Ugh! Below is our now deceased friend with a penny next to him for a size comparison…but I have to admit I kicked the penny into place because I could not bring myself to put my fingers near him. Every great horror movie indicates that this is possible!
Below the photo is a little info for you on the Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion…aka Hadrurus arizonensis, as excellently written by Bird and Hike.com!
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions (Hadrurus arizonensis) are large scorpions with a black “back” and a yellow “head.” A similar species, the Northern Desert (Black) Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus spadix), has a black back and a black head. Other species are smaller. The common name comes from the size, habitat, and brown “hairs” that cover the body.
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions are found in the arid deserts of the southwestern USA (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah) and northern Mexico. They avoid extreme summer temperatures and low humidity by digging deep burrows (where it is cool and moist) and by coming out at night. They avoid winter cold by staying in their burrows.
For scorpions, Giant Desert Hairys grow very large (to about 5-1/2 inches). Like other scorpions, this species gives birth to live young, and the young ride on their mother’s back before venturing out on their own.
Scorpions are nocturnal and come out during warm weather, but they really like hot nights. Scorpions also glow under black lights, so they can be illuminated at night. A walk about in the desert on a hot night (over 100 degrees at night) with a black light can truly be a scary and life-changing adventure when they appear to almost cover the ground. After an adventure in the desert on a hot night several years ago when we saw literally thousands of scorpions just south of Las Vegas, my wife still doesn’t like to sleep on the ground in the desert.
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions feed on anything they can catch, including other scorpions. Their size also makes them big enough to feed on small vertebrates, including mice, lizards, and snakes.
This large scorpion has weak venom and is said to be about as painful as a honeybee sting, but allergic reactions can be fatal; symptoms can include: difficulty breathing, swelling, and prolonged pain. In general, large scorpions are less toxic to humans than small scorpions. If you get stung, consider calling the National Poison Control Center toll-free at (800) 222-1222. This number is good for emergency information as well as general information and questions.
Article credit: www.birdandhike.com