Physical Characteristics of Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions
- This species is usually a yellowish color with a dark top with brown hairs covering its body
- Has large lobster-like pincers
- Can grow up to 7 inches in length
Behavior of Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions
- Also known as Hadrurus Arizonensis, it is the largest scorpion in North America
- Can commonly be found under rocks containing moisture
- These scorpions are aggressive and stay active
- Adapts well to hot and dry climates, and can burrow into the ground up to 8ft
- Because of its large size, it can feed on various types of prey
- Includes large insects, spiders, other scorpions, lizards, and snakes
Related Information and Warnings
- Despite its scary appearance, its venom is not dangerous
- Giant hairy scorpions are one of three scorpion types in the Las Vegas area
- Allergic reactions to the venom can be fatal
- Their sting can be compared to a honey bee or wasp’s sting
Giant Hairy Scorpion Life Cycle
- Female scorpions give birth to around 25-35 individuals
- Male scorpions can sometimes be eaten by the female after breeding
- Mothers carry their young on their backs from 1-3 weeks
- Typically live 7-10 years in the wild but up to 20 years in captivity
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