Yes, creepy, crawly scorpions really have arrived

  • [photo by U.C. Davis Entomology Department]

    [photo by U.C. Davis Entomology Department]

What you might need to know

By Patric Hedlund, TME

Do you love winning gasps at dinner tables of city relatives and friends with tales of nighttime intrusions by bears foraging in our mountain refrigerators for ice cream? Here’s a hot tidbit of news to add to your holiday repertoire: creepy, crawly scorpions are startling residents of the mountains inside their homes—from Neenach to Frazier Park to the Pine Mountain community.

This is the first time in over a dozen years that reports about scorpions have piled into our message box.

One woman in PMC said a scorpion came toward her as if to attack. She jumped up on a sofa. Another in the same neighborhood claims “a gorgeous golden labrador retriever” was allegedly killed by a deadly ‘Arizona bark scorpion,’ which scientists confirm only live…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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The Vaejovis scorpion may be found in this region. Their venom is like a bee sting, nonfatal if the person does not have a secondary allergic reaction.

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This is part of the September 22, 2017 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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