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Giant Hairy Scorpion

Family Iuridae
Genus & Species Hadrurus hirsutus
giant hairy scorpion
Description length: 5.5 inches; color: pale yellow to olive brown A waxy coating protects the scorpion from water loss.
Food insects, occasionally small lizards and snakes
Life History Young are born live and carried on the mother's back for 10 to 15 days before venturing out on their own.
Habitat sandy areas
Activity nocturnal and seldom encountered
Abundance common
Where to Look Pinyon Well, Covington Flat, Pleasant Valley, Fried Liver Wash, Squaw Tank
Notes Scorpions are preyed upon by owls and bats. Their sting has about the same effect as that of a wasp.

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