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What is a scorpion?

Scorpions are small, eight-legged animals. They're related to spiders, and have two front claws and a tail with a stinger at the end. While some scorpions are severly poisonous (even deadly), most scorpions living in North America are not. But even non-deadly scorpions can cause a sting, and some deadly ones can be found in the deserts of the southwestern US. Symptoms of a mild scorpion sting include tingling, burning or stinging where the sting occurred. Symptoms of a severe sting include:
  • Double vision
  • Breathing problems or fast breathing
  • Throat spasms, drooling and a thick-feeling tongue
  • Muscle spasms
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Paralysis (inability to move or breathe)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

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