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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spider Smuggler?

A Welsh man was arrested for attempting to smuggle over 900 tarantulas and other spiders out of Brazil. He says he got them in Paraguay, and just passing through Brazil, but the Brazilians don't care -- no papers, no spiders. (News source.)

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wisconsin Scorpion

A scorpion was allegedly discovered under a board on a Deerfield, WI, farm. It was taken to a local animal shelter. "Authorities speculated it might be an escaped pet." No description is given, no photo is shown. Of the man who found it: "He knew it was a scorpion, but only realized it was one of the poisonous varieties when researching it on the Internet Friday night." Not sure what that means. (All scorpions are venomous to varying degrees.) I suspect this means the animal is very small -- some small scorpions being much more dangerous than the larger common pet species. If it is small, then I'm wondering if it might be a native pseudoscorpion that is being misidentified. I don't think Wisconsin has native scorpions. (Vaejovis might be the closest in range?) Hopefully someone will show it to a professional... (News source.)

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Scorpions in the UAE

Not herps, but still interesting, an article on scorpions in the UAE.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Scorpion Venom for Medicine

OK, not a herp, but interesting: a peptide (GaTx1 peptide) from the Giant Israeli Scorpion, Leiurus quinquestriatus hebraeus, may help researchers understand how to control cystic fibrosis and other secretory diseases. (News source.)

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