Are Scorpions Aggressive?

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Saturday 03 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Further to my recent Macro Monday post, I was asked if these scorpions are aggressive…. well, in my opinion, no. Like most creatures on earth, except for the stupid humanoid animal, scorpions just want a quiet life. Apart from hunting for food, they don’t run after you, trying to inflict excruciating pain on you, no matter how the media portrays them.

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Almost always found on their own, they live under rocks or woodpiles, generally where it is warm, dark and dry. They don’t like any action, and it’s quite easy to know where they’ll be hiding out. I know people who get stung every year, more than once too… but they are not cunning creatures, so with a little forethought and care, one can stay out of their way quite easily.

Until looking closely, I never realised how tiny their eyes are…

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We don’t have a big problem with them generally, as all our doors and windows are net protected, and we purposely have free-range chickens as they are quite partial to munching on one of the buthidae family.

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Most of the scorpions found this far south are Mediterranean scorpions (Mesobuthus gibbosus), although they are easily confused I think with its cousin, the Deathstalker or Palestine Yellow Scorpion (Leiurus quinquestriatus). Neither are particularly fatal, unless one has a pre-existing health condition, or of course are elderly or an infant. They do however, deliver a hefty dose of neurotoxins and cardiotoxins, so I keep a bottle of ammonia handy, which can neutralise the acid in the sting sufficiently to enable me to drive to the hospital, should a jab be necessary.

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But just to demonstrate how non-aggressive they are, look at this wee beastie. I was clearing out the depot the other day, and no big surprise, under some cardboard boxes there was an adult yellow Mediterranean Scorpion (I think, I didn’t ask for his ID card). Anyway, before removing him, like the responsible blogger that I am, out came the camera.

Using a metal pole, you can see how he actively tries to keep out of the way, and only attacks the pole defensively when provoked.

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20 thoughts on “Are Scorpions Aggressive?

  1. Hey I’m a Scorpio, so don’t say bad things about them!

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  2. […] to my recent post about the aggressiveness of scorpions, I found another little chap to play […]

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  3. […] certainly have scorpions here on our farm in southwest Türkiye, but I must admit we don’t see many in the skies above […]

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  4. I’m a Scorpion and I’m not aggressive usually 😁

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  5. dayphoto says:

    Good post…I always try to stay away from their homes…but…sometimes I still stumble on the tiny ones that live here. The Centipede (here) is much more poisonous! I try to never have either one get on me.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/?s=The+Adventures+of+Fuzzy+and+Boomer&submit=Search
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  6. The bite of a wheel / assassin bug is said to be even worse. And we have them right here in pastoral Maryland (sheep farm around corner). They skeeve me out. Have to relocate them because they do hang around my door. Don’t want them to bite Josephine.

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  7. That scorpion’s face is rather cute in a weird way.

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  8. susipet says:

    Bit of a shock to see that image pop up pn my iphone so eatly in the day !

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  9. Glad they don’t live in my garden!

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  10. Yvonne says:

    I like that I’m getting an education as I sit here!

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  11. Sue Slaght says:

    I would have never thought that the chickens would eat them Spike!

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