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Gary20110
msg: 1

Sat, May 22, 2004, 5:55am

I've seen a similar question on here about these critters. I live in Virginia and am seriously considering moving to Tucson.

My hang-up....maybe even a phobia...are scorpions. Oh, not outdoors, but inside. I've done a lot of reading via the internet but it hasn't made me feel much better. The thought of these trespassers, inside, at night, is not a comforting one. I've read the bark scorpion (naturally, the poisonous one in AZ) is the most likely to seek an inside living arrangement.

Then I read that the antivenin, made from goats, is no longer manufactured and there are only 100 doses remaining. A new antivenin is under drug trial (which has a less allergic reaction) but won't likely be available for a year. I am a little concerned about this as I have HIV and hence a compromised immune system.

Lastly...I have a cat I would bring with me. I've read cats are thought to be immune to the bark scorpion sting. I asked an employee at the fascinating Sonora Desert Musuem during my recent 'look see' in Tucson about how a scorpion and cat might interact (eg. would the cat try to fiddle with it or have the intuition to avoid it?) The employee thought the cat would kill the scorpion, and that due to the cat's thicker hide and fur (compared to a human,) the scorpion probably couldn't land a successful sting.

Would anyone with a pet cat in AZ be kind enough to share any experience relating to the above? I don't want my cat killed by a scorpion, if that would in fact be likely.

As for myself...I'm trying to work through my fear of this creature...however one goes about that.

Many thanks to anyone who can take a few minutes to reply:)

Gary
Manassas VA
NickCoons
msg: 2

Sat, May 22, 2004, 10:13am

Gary,

<My hang-up....maybe even a phobia...are scorpions. Oh, not outdoors, but inside.>

This depends on the area that you live in. I live in a suburb of Phoenix, and have never lived in Tucson. But the same rules apply. If you're more inner-city, you're less likely to find wildlife, including scorpions. However, if you live on the outskirts, you're more likely. I've lived in various places around Phoenix my entire life, and have never found a scorpion indoors. I know a few people that have, and there are usually particular areas that have these kinds of issues. You can generally find this out from the neighbors.

<Lastly...I have a cat I would bring with me. I've read cats are thought to be immune to the bark scorpion sting.

I don't think this is true, and I wouldn't rely on it.

<I asked an employee at the fascinating Sonora Desert Musuem during my recent 'look see' in Tucson about how a scorpion and cat might interact (eg. would the cat try to fiddle with it or have the intuition to avoid it?)?

I think the cat would play around with it, and then ultimately kill it.. I've noticed that's what cats tend to do with insects that they find around the house.

<and that due to the cat's thicker hide and fur (compared to a human,) the scorpion probably couldn't land a successful sting.>

This is true.. it will be more difficult for the scorpion to sting with the cat's thick fur.

<I don't want my cat killed by a scorpion, if that would in fact be likely.>

While it's very unlikely to receive a scorpion sting, they can be painful and cause damage similar to a bee sting.

<As for myself...I'm trying to work through my fear of this creature...however one goes about that.>

The main reason to not be afraid is that it is so unlikely.
Gary20110
msg: 3

Mon, May 24, 2004, 4:23pm

Thanks, NickCoons, for taking time to reply! It was both pragmatic and useful. A first-hand account such as yours can't be obtained by reading internet articles.

I just have to work on my apprehensions. No need for me to make a decision prior to fall anyway, since airlines will not accept pets for cargo shipment until after Sept. 15, and, when temperatures at arrival and departure points are <85 (or <75...it's ambiguous the way they word the regulations.)

In any event, at the end of the day, so to say...I would hope I wouldn't let this scoprion thing derail me!

Gary
Manassas VA
photobelle
msg: 4

Wed, May 26, 2004, 3:34pm

Please, friends, do not put your dog or your cat or any pet in airline cargo. I have heard many terrible stories about that. I am moving with to Tucson with my most precious cat, driving a car. Hope you will too! Read: The New Natural Cat, by Anitra Fraiser.

Scorpions scare me too! But several long time residents of Tucson with cats assure me that "Cats know what to do if they see a scorpion," but that in the central part of Tucson you don't see them in houses.

Other friends who live in wilder areas say that when they employ a montly exterminator they have no scorpion problems, even living out in the desert. Another fellow I know lives on an acre of wild desert and does not exterminate; he said his kitten was bitten on the nose by a scorpion but had no problems. I was encouraged by this. So maybe it's true when they say, "it's like a bee sting." I sure hope so.
Gary20110
msg: 5

Wed, May 26, 2004, 3:54pm

Thanks for the scorpion feedback, Photobelle. I realized (or remembered) the other day...when something is, uh..."bugging" me over some period of time...my pattern is that I finally get tired of thinking about it. I'm not sure that will occur with this one, but my concerns should diminish.

I wish I didn't have to ship my cat via cargo on a plane...but there's no other choice. She can't be taken in the cabin unless her and her carrier can fit under the seat in front. That seems to rule out anything larger than a squirrel! At least there is one flight, on one airline, which doesn't require a plane change...just a stop. Hence she can't go astray at the intermediate city by being put on the wrong plane or such.

Gary
Manassas VA

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