Rare type of scorpion from Arizona is now in El Paso

Rare type of scorpion from Arizona is now in El Paso (Source: KFOX14)

The Arizona bark scorpion has been a rare sight to see around El Paso until this summer.

So far, El Paso’s Children Hospital has treated two cases of bites by an Arizona bark scorpion, according to hospital officials.

For the first time ever, the hospital and the West Texas Region Poison Control Center carry the new anti-venom.

Before, patients would have to go out of the city or rely on other anti-venom that would prolong the treatment and/orkeep the patients in the hospital for days.

With the new anti-venom, patients can be treated and out of the hospital within two to four hours.

The sting of an Arizona bark scorpion has many effects. “Your eyes can roll everywhere. You have no control over your arms or your legs. It can affect your blood and heart rate. It can affect your ability to breathe, and sometimes patients have to be put on a ventilator because of that,” said Dr. Sal Baeza, the director of the West Texas Regional Poison Center.

Dr. Sal Baeza said most of the time, the anti-venom are not needed after someone is stung by an Arizona bark Scorpion. But so far both cases in El Paso has had to use it.

Experts told KFOX14 they are still unsure if there is an isolated colony of Arizona bark scorpions and, if there is, if it will die off.

But this summer, the cases were severe enough that the poison control center had to request that anti-venom be sent to El Paso.

Doctors said it is difficult to distinguish the Arizona bark scorpion, but one way to tell is by taking a look at the tail.

Other scorpions keep their tails up, while the Arizona bark scorpion keeps its tail down, unless it’s ready to prey.

“We live in the desert and you don’t know what kind of venomous-like snake or anything, and there’s an anti-venom here,” said Elizabeth Valadez, of central El Paso.

If you have questions on scorpions or any other topics related to venomous animals, you can call the West Texas Region Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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