I hesitated the first time writing about my centipede bite, a minor aspect of living in Hawaii. Jeff didn’t think it would be popular either. We were both surprised that my centipede post has been viewed over 20,000 times and is still getting comments three years later. A new critter surfaced last week but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera.
Hawaii scorpions to the front of the list: no longer folklore after finding my first.
I recently cleaned out a bathroom cabinet and found a dead one located therein. My gratitude was related to the fact that we didn’t meet while it was still alive. The critter was about two inches in length, brown in color and very frightening by its mere appearance, albeit dead. By comparison centipedes come in all sizes, from 1/2 inch long babies to 6″ plus giants.
Hawaii scorpions are technically referred to as Lesser Brown Scorpions. They were introduced to Hawaii, and while not among the most poisonous, can inflict serious pain and swelling similar to a wasp or bee sting. Or so I’m told and am not eager to test the theory.
The scorpion stings via a quick flip from the tip of its tail by which it injects its venom. Our species is non-deadly and its stings produces temporary local swelling, pain and discoloration. I certainly hope to have no more information to report on this personally.
If after reading this your curiosity causes you to want to learn more about Hawaii scorpions, you’ll find more information from the University of Hawaii.
Have you ever been stung by or even seen a scorpion in Hawaii?
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