Alabama Scorpions

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Alabama Scorpions

Post by Barry R » October 4th, 2011, 12:43 pm

During the NAFHA Alabama trip, we managed to find a few scorpions.....sorry, I'm not familiar with the species.
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I found this one in a decaying log on a cold morning

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When Bill and I caught up to the group, they'd found this one

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Re: Alabama Scorpions

Post by Daniel D Dye » October 4th, 2011, 3:09 pm

Barry,

I believe it's a Southern Unstriped Scorpion, Vaejovis carolinianus.

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Re: Alabama Scorpions

Post by Jason B » October 6th, 2011, 12:03 pm

I like that common name much more than the one I know - Southern Devil Scorpion. I found some last weekend here in KY and they were far from devilish.

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Re: Alabama Scorpions

Post by justinm » October 14th, 2011, 9:06 am

Jason,

You may be thinking of it's relative the Devil's Striped Tail? They are in fact the meanest scorpions I've kept, ever. Females in spacious enclosures would always kill the males, whether or not they bred. They are not a communal species by any means.

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Re: Alabama Scorpions

Post by Barry R » October 14th, 2011, 11:05 am

Thanks! Cool stuff

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Re: Alabama Scorpions

Post by Jason B » October 14th, 2011, 12:22 pm

Justin, I don't think we have striped devil scorpions here, but maybe that's how the other common name for V. carolinianus came about. They were extremely abundant on the sandstone glade I was exploring, but I don't recall seeing more than one under one piece of cover. Perhaps they are cannibals too. Here's a specimen:

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