Bark Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion

Striped Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion


This is largest scorpion in the desert southwest measuring up to 6 inches.  Its body is a dark brown with yellowish legs, pinchers, and tail.  It is also covered with long spiny hairs.


The Desert Hairy Scorpion is active at night.  They live in small oval shaped burrows and under rocks or wood piles.  This scorpion relies heavily on its strong pinchers to immobilize small insects.  For this reason, the Desert Hairy does not have a deadly type of venom.


Scorpions Are Nocturnal Predators

Managing Desert Hairy Scorpions requires improved sanitation around a property.  Some examples include moving rock piles further from the structure and cleaning up piles of leaves, wood, or other cellulose debris around the foundation of the home.  Exclusion is also very important, so doors need to be tight fitting.  Pest control applications include a thorough perimeter treatment, dusting entry points, and granulating the yard.  This application will also reduce their food source, other insects.

Fun Fact:

Desert Hairy Scorpions carry their young on their backs for their first 30 days.