Az and Femme cuddle under a blacklight. I miss these guys. They're Arizona bark scorpions. Formerly known as Centruroides exilicauda
, they're now back to the original Centruroides sculpturatus
name, after being split into two separate species. The Baja California bark scorpion, being the "newer" species, gets the newer C. exilicauda
name, while the "older" Arizona bark scorpion gets its old name back. You should NEVER leave a blacklight on a scorpion long-term.
The intense UV rays will eventually kill the nocturnal animal. Some pet stores market scorpion habitats with blacklights because they look cool, but they don't tell you the facts. Long-term blacklight exposure will stress them out. They like it dark. Here they are featured on UglyOverload.com on June 24, 2007: uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2007/06/as-you-requested.html
Az and Femme are also featured in the scorpion gallery at About.com's Phoenix, AZ site: phoenix.about.com/od/arizonapicturesandphotos/ig/Arizona-...