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Scorpions, found in southwestern Canada and throughout the United States, are up to 7.5 cm (3 in.) in length. They have eight legs and a pair of pincers like a crab has. The stinger, which injects venom, is located at the end of a narrow tail that curves around and over the back of the scorpion's body. Although some scorpions are not poisonous, others have venom strong enough to kill a person.
Some scorpions are found in cool, damp places, such as basements, junk piles, and wood piles. Other scorpions are found in desert areas.
Symptoms of a scorpion sting may include:
If you have been stung by a scorpion, it's important to talk to a doctor immediately. You can call PADIS, the Poison and Drug Information Service or your Primary Care Physician.
Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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