Scorpions are nocturnal, predatory creatures living in warm, dry climates. Species found in North America live in parts of Arizona, California, and New Mexico and all places south. There are 70 species found in North America, however only the bark scorpion, is considered dangerous to people.

Fatalities from scorpions in North America are rare and more likely with small animals (like little Fido), small children, and adults with compromised immune systems.


The bark scorpion is the most venomous in North America.


Symptoms include:  

  • Symptoms last up to 72 hours,
  • Severe pain,
  • Numbness,
  • Frothing at the mouth,
  • Paralysis,
  • Seizure,
  • Breathing difficulties,
  • Temporary dysfunction of limb,
  • Convulsions,
  • Death.


Consider the following:

  • There is no “approved” anti-venom,
  • Clean the sting site with soap and water,
  • Apply a cool compress – use a cool cloth and no ice,
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for local pain and swelling,
  • Natural remedies include the pulp from the prickly pear cactus – applied directly on the sting.

When in Scorpion Country

Consider the following:

  • Check your footwear and clothing every morning,
  • Check your bedding and shelter before entering,
  • Use care when turning over rocks and logs.


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