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Southern Unstriped Scorpion - Vaejovis carolinianus - female

Southern Unstriped Scorpion - Vaejovis carolinianus - Female
Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
May 11, 2008
An adult female Southern Unstriped Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus) in a defensive posture. These scorpions are very skittish and high-strung, and usually prefer to run from danger if given the chance. However, they are not shy about facing a potential threat if necessary, and will sting quite readily. I have personally been stung by Vaejovis carolinianus on several occasions, and while the sting is indeed painful (comparable to a bee or wasp sting), the effects were not long lasting and the site(s) of the stings were back to normal within 30 minutes to an hour. In my case(s), there was only minor swelling around the initial sting site, but I must point out that the effects of scorpion stings can and do vary depending on the person that is stung. But unless one just happens to be highly allergic to its venom, the sting of a Southern Unstriped Scorpion is nothing to fear and is considered to be medically insignificant overall.

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