The Las Vegas Bark Scorpion

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Las Vegas Bark Scorpions are a pain, quite literally. They are the most venomous scorpion in Las Vegas, as well as the entire continent of North America.

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The Las Vegas Bark Scorpion (More commonly known as the Arizona Bark Scorpion) are found both in Las Vegas's residential and commercial areas.

The Bark Scorpion Life Cycle

Las Vegas bark scorpions have a “childhood” period of several months, are born live, and are gently guided onto their mother's back. The female usually gives birth to anywhere from 25 to 35. These remain with their mother until their first molt, which can be up to 3 weeks after birth. Las Vegas bark scorpions have a life expectancy of about 6 years.

Seasonality and Personality

While nearly all scorpions are solitary, the Las Vegas Bark Scorpion is a rare exception: during winter, packs of 20 to 30 scorpions can congregate. These scorpions, like most other scorpions, are incredibly resilient. During US nuclear testing, scorpions, along with cockroaches and lizards, were found near ground zero with no recorded adverse effects.

It’s funny how Las Vegas never sleeps, and the scorpions here are nocturnal, and they are particularly well adapted to the desert - which makes Vegas a good habitat for them Unfortunately these Las Vegas scorpions do not burrow, and are commonly found in homes, requiring only 1/16 of an inch for entry.

The Food Chain

The Bark Scorpion preys on small and medium-sized animals such as beetles, spiders, crickets, cockroaches, other insects, and even other scorpions. Las Vegas Bark Scorpions are eaten by a wide variety of animals such as birds, reptiles, and other vertebrates. Development, extermination, and collecting scorpions for research also reduces the bark scorpion population in Las Vegas.

Venom and Antivenom Procedures

The Las Vegas bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in Las Vegas, and even North America  Its venom can cause severe pain (coupled with numbness, tingling, and vomiting) in adult humans, typically lasting between 24 and 72 hours.

Basic first aid measures can be used to help remediate Las Vegas Bark Scorpion stings. First, clean the sting site with soap and water, apply a cool compress (cool cloth), and take paracetamol or ibuprofen for local pain and swelling after consulting with your doctor.


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