Southern Devil Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus)

Order: Scorpiones
Family: Vaejovidae
Genus: Vaejovis
Species: carolinianus


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Deatsville, Alabama
Moulton, Alabama
West Blocton, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Barnesville, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Lagrange, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia (2 reports)
Woodstock, Georgia
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2020, geoffermann from Marietta, GA wrote:

Just found one trapped in the sink of my crash pad in Athens GA. Cute little bugger, maybe an inch long. Scooped him up with a cup and let him free to snack on all the smokey brown roaches around here.

Have also found these at home in Marietta. Don\'t tell my wife I catch and release.


On Nov 30, 2016, pullenlb from Lagrange, GA wrote:

I have encountered the small devil scorpion twice in my garage in the past couple of months. I live in LaGrange, GA.


On May 24, 2016, BamaBMXBoy from West Blocton, AL wrote:

We find these all the time in Bibb County, Al. I have had 4 of these guys taped in a scrapbook for over 6 years. Just found a good sized one and decided to keep him as a pet, hinse why I'm looking for more info. Oh, and his names Tank. Lolol


On Aug 14, 2012, philautigers from Deatsville, AL wrote:

I have found 3 of these little creatures near Lake Jordan in Deatsville (Slapout), Alabama in the past year. Did not know Scorpions lived in Alabama before August of 2011 and I have l lived in the state for 41 years.


On Mar 25, 2010, Gnat666 from Barnesville, GA wrote:

went field collecting on 03-25-10 found 8 of these guys under the bark of a single rotten pine log. atleast one group of three together and 2 pairs in touching proximity were observed. 7 of the main 8 and one other specimen from another log were collected.


On Jul 24, 2006, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is one of the few scorpions native to the southeastern United States. It is found in several states in the region, including Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. It prefers rocky areas along lakes and ponds with plenty of wood and leaf litter available for shelter. Like nearly all scorpions, it is nocturnal.

The sting of this scorpion is moderately painful, but is not life-threatening, nor is it considered particularly medically serious unless an allergy to the venom is involved.