Our I-Spy game of things-we-don’t really-want-to-spot continues with a scorpion, the first either of us have seen in the wild (London Zoo, aged seven, doesn’t count). It was dead but in perfect condition.
It’s about 7cm long, quite pale with a darker, striped body. We’re pretty good at naming different types of curry dishes – or 70s rock bands (including Scorpions) – but these things, no. We think it’s a Common Yellow Scorpion (Buthus occitanus) although it also looks like a Buthus Ibericus.
As this website states: ‘The Buthidae family [of scorpions] are usually found in hot and dry wasteland with sparse vegetation, where they hide in natural burrows under stones etc during daytime. The venom is quite strong and sting is very painful. The European species seem not to pose any great threat to healthy humans.’
We have read elsewhere that the level of toxicity of the Buthus occitanus varies greatly across its range and that a sting from one found in Africa – which isn’t exactly a million miles away – can be fatal.
Here’s our little fella(?) – what do they say? check your boots before putting them on.
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