TIL: Colorado Has Scorpions, and You Can Find Them Under a UV Light
Today I learned: Colorado has scorpions. Also, you can see them under UV light. *The more you know.*
Just in time for Halloween, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has shared something pretty creepy — that scorpions are crawling along the Colorado plains. I've heard of using UV lights to find things in the dark, say, before you flop on that motel bed, but we won't go there. Colorado Parks and Wildlife uses UV light to find scorpions, which are nocturnal and would be very difficult to otherwise see with the naked eye in the dark. Scorpions are actually fluorescent, meaning their bodies absorb the UV light and reflect a neon green glow.
According to Montrose Press, some scorpion stings deliver deadly venom, however none of Colorado's three species of scorpions are the fatal kind. Just creepy and definitely unwelcome in your home. If you do get stung, Mayo Clinic says you most likely won't need medical attention if your symptoms are mild, just clean it off really well.
'The northern scorpion occurs throughout the counties along the Utah border and is a species with the most northerly distribution of any scorpion,' Colorado State University says. 'Also present on the West Slope, but in more limited areas such as Dinosaur National Monument, is the northern desert (black) hairy scorpion. The common striped bark scorpion is widespread in southeastern Colorado, with 1-70 about its most northern range.' So luckily, we're pretty scorpion-safe here in Northern Colorado. But still... ew.