"Scorpions" Mexico Warnings Or Dangers Tip by smirnofforiginal

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Scorpions belong to the family arachnids and can defend themselves rather well with their pincers and their arching tail equiped with sting. Whilst scorpions have two eyes they cannot see very well at all and rely very heavily on their sense of touch.

Scorpions are nocturnal, tending to hide up during the daytime, generally in cooler places - This does not mean to say that you wont ever see one in the daytime!

The majority of scorpions are harmless to humans, although the sting is extremely painful and will require painkilling but some stings can be deadly. Stings may cause paralysis, severe convulsions, cardiac irregularities, or breathing difficulties that may lead to death.

Only one species of scorpion in North America has venom potent enough to be dangerous to human beings - Centruroides exilicauda (formerly called C. sculpturatus). The specific name Centruroides means pointed tail and Exilicauda means "slender tail". It is also known as the Arizona Bark Scorpion. It is found throughout the Baja Peninsula and western Sonora. It cannot inject enough poison to kill an adult but it certainly can be life-threatening to infants and small children. Thus much said, as an adult, you are till not "safe" as, like with bee stings, you can go into schock!

I read somewhere that, in Mexico each year, 1000-2000 deaths occur from scorpion bites!

It is a serious warning - my husband almost threw me off the top of Chicen Itza in his attempt to move me away from the approaching scorpion! And, despite their being nocturnal we found them boldly scurrying down pathways during the day....

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  • Written Jun 28, 2007
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