Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus)

Order: Scorpiones
Family: Buthidae
Genus: Centruroides
Species: vittatus


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Booneville, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Agra, Oklahoma
Glencoe, Oklahoma
Headrick, Oklahoma
Mcalester, Oklahoma
Union City, Oklahoma
El Paso, Texas
Hallettsville, Texas
Ingleside, Texas
Leander, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mission, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Pipe Creek, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring, Texas
Troup, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 4, 2019, Kawaii_fangirl_22 from Lubbock, TX wrote:

The striped bark scorpion is the most commonly found scorpion in the United States. Based on its appearance from far away, it can appear to be the Arizona bark scorpion or the stripetail scorpion. While all three are similar, the stripes on the back of our little friend is what tells it apart from the other 2. I'm providing this information because I was confused when I found one scurrying around my bedroom floor two days ago. I then compared it to the three noting the similarities. I had also seen that both it and the Arizona bark scorpion can climb walls, I'd had several the past year that did that. At first I thought they were the Arizona bark scorpion and was severely concerned, but finding out that they were just little friends, my alertness was dropped a little. I'll update on anymor... read more


On Apr 28, 2011, Molder02 from Spring, TX wrote:

Would like to add confused...I was at work in Houston in a large campus and had one crawl into my office this morning. From what I have read, they could be in the Houston area, but in the middle of a large business campus? Maybe hitchhiked in on something?


On Jun 5, 2010, HollywoodMVR from Mission, TX wrote:

Went to a night tour at a state park - the ranger put a black light on a mesquite tree and immediately there appeared 3 scorpions that you could not see with a regular light. THEY GLOW IN THE DARK with a black light!! It was very cool but I will never handle wood again without that thought in my head.
One stung my dog as I was letting her out. The scorpion came in the house - so I had no choice but to kill it. The dog was definitely hurting but I gave her a Benadril and she was fine the next a.m.


On Jul 20, 2008, lala4j from El Paso, TX wrote:

Although I hate scorpions because of the fear of them stinging me, we have only seen them in our garage, mostly on the ceiling. This breed of scorpion can climb walls, etc. as long as there is a bit of texture. We have found 4 of these in the last 5 months. We have found that if we spray around our garage door every few weeks or after a large storm, it seems to keep them at bay a bit. We have been using ortho home defense.


On Dec 28, 2006, Redwhiteblue from Headrick, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've never been stung by one but let me tell you, we're not from here originally and the first time I saw one I screamed.

Imagine my horror finding one crawling across the floor in the bathroom while on the throne.

I always shake out shoes that get left in the garage before putting them on.


On Sep 9, 2006, turbosbabe96 from Ingleside, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have no use for this bug! I was stung by one about 2 months ago. The wound is just now completely healed. I may just be highly allergic..but I had a severe reaction as well as agonizing pain. I had swelling and localized pain, as well as nausea and difficulty breathing. I DO accept full responsibility for being outside, with no shoes on, in an area that I know can harbor these scorpions..Country gal..what can I say? Perhaps that I learned my lesson and do NOT go out without shoes anymore!


On Sep 8, 2006, TxTurqoize from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

These critters are by nature, least that is the only time that I ever see them here at my house. They are definitely good to have around since they seem to prey on garden pests and insects..but have a bad habit of finding their way into homes and garages, seeking warm, dry areas. A sting can be painful...although some people have reported that it is a mild irritant...whereas some report a severe pain.