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Subject:  Found it lingering outside room
Geographic location of the bug:  Samana island, Dominican republic
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Just wondering what this bug is, it seemed rather slow moving when I saw it
How you want your letter signed:  Devin


Dear Devin,
This is a Whipscorpion or Vinegaroon, a non-venomous, distant relative of Scorpions.  Whipscorpions are not considered dangerous to humans, but they do have strong mandibles, so they might bite if carelessly handled.  They are shy nocturnal predators that will help keep populations of Cockroaches under control.  Arachnoboards lists
Mastigoproctus proscorpio as a Dominican species.


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Subject:  Is that a scorpion?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 10/17/2017
Time: 04:21 AM EDT
I saw the bug or whatever it is,  come out of the bathroom hole in the morning when i was gonna baith. Please tell me what that is.
How you want your letter signed:  Any way


This is indeed a Scorpion.

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Subject:  Spider in Nicaragua
Geographic location of the bug:  Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 04:03 PM EDT
We found this spider already deceased and decided to take a picture and try to identify it in case we find more of them.
How you want your letter signed:  Dalton Bragg

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Dalton,
This is a Giant Crab Spider or Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae.  There is a similar looking image on Arácnidos de Centroamérica.

Correction courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel. I think this is actually a Tailless Whipscorpion (Amblypygi). Regards, Karl

Thanks for the correction Karl.  Now that you have brought this to our attention, we agree with you that this is a Tailless Whipscorpion.  They look much more distinctive alive.

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Subject: What kind of scorpion is this it’s pregnant
Location: California
July 15, 2017 9:11 pm
Okay please get back to me as soon as possible. My brothers scorpion had babies he said if i can make sure its a paruroctonus silvestrii. I really wanted it when i cought it with my sister, so please id love to have one. I just need what species it is i can look into it from there unless tou can tell me about it like how venomous it is, the temperature the food when to take them from the mom.
Signature: Darius

Scorpion and her Brood

Dear Darius,
We are inclined to agree with you that this is most likely a California Common Scorpion,
Paruroctonus silvestrii, based on images posted to BugGuide, but we cannot be certain.  We are unable to offer you any information on keeping Scorpions in captivity, but you might want to start by reading the Amateur Entomologists’ Society Raising Scorpions in Captivity caresheet.  Since female Scorpions guard their young, you should not try to remove any of the young until they disperse from the mother on their own.

Probably California Common Scorpion

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Subject: What is this scorpion?
Location: Sandia Park, NM
July 10, 2017 10:04 pm
We keep finding these in our new house at night. I am a bit worries as I have an older small-ish Sheltie and two very curious short-haired cats. I know poisonous scorpions are rare and mainly just hurt like heck. Can you tell what kind of scorpion this is? It was found in our home in Sandia Park, NM, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe at just shy of 7,000 ft on 7/6/17 at about 10pm.
We caught and released it (and want to be sure it is not wildly silly to do so). We are moving into their neighborhood and would like to live peacefully together but I am concerned about the pets and what we should do.
Many thanks again!
Signature: Kzrivera


Dear Kzrivera,
Your individual looks similar to what we believe is an Eastern Sand Scorpion from Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, that we just posted.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award because of your capture and release policy.

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Subject: Scorpion in northern New Mexico
Location: Abiquiu, Rio Arriba County, NM
July 6, 2017 11:49 pm
After a lifetime of never once seeing a scorpion in the wild, I found this one while hiking tonight in Abiquiu, NM, approx. 6,400ft elevation. This one was out in the open running along on a dirt road, and I saw it by the shadow my flashlight was casting underneath. Perhaps an inch and a half long. This specimen seemed more skittish than aggressive, but I tried not to get too close. It held still long enough for a few long exposures illuminated by my flashlight.
I can’t seem to find much information on scorpions in NM. Most sources only seem to mention the highly venomous Arizona Bark scorpion, but I don’t think this one fits that description.
Signature: Andrew

Eastern Sand Scorpion

Dear Andrew,
This looks to us like an Eastern Sand Scorpion,
Paruroctonus utahensis, which is pictured on BugGuide and BugGuide data does list sightings in New Mexico.  There are other possibilities from the same genus.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Sand-dwelling species are distinguished by a row of setae (hairs) on the tarsal segments of the legs. This row of setae is called a bristlecomb and is in most species. Otherwise, they have large, robust pedipalp chelae (hands), and usually a slender metasoma (tail). An important character on the metasoma is the dorsal carinae (ridges) do not terminate with an enlarged granule or spine (seen in Vaejovis and other vaejovid genera except the punctipalpi group of the genus Vaejovis). The median eyes are typically large.”

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