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Old 08-17-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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The other evening I though I would escape the heat and ride on up to Multnomah Falls, and go for a stroll. I was enjoying the cooler air and the sound of the fall as I walked toward the top, when I spotted an object with my flashlight in the middle of the path... I could believe my eyes, it was a scorpion! He was brown and about 3.5" with his tail curled. At first I thought it had to be a dead and someone had placed it in the path as a joke. I lightly nudged it with my boot, and he moved. I stood their in amazement watching it walk around for a few minuets, then finally it went off the path and towards the brush. So, I'm wondering are scorpions native to this particular area? I thought they only inhabited the desert climate to the East. And if they are native, how about rattle snakes?

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The other evening I though I would escape the heat and ride on up to Multnomah Falls, and go for a stroll. I was enjoying the cooler air and the sound of the fall as I walked toward the top, when I spotted an object with my flashlight in the middle of the path... I could believe my eyes, it was a scorpion! He was brown and about 3.5" with his tail curled. At first I thought it had to be a dead and someone had placed it in the path as a joke. I lightly nudged it with my boot, and he moved. I stood their in amazement watching it walk around for a few minuets, then finally it went off the path and towards the brush. So, I'm wondering are scorpions native to this particular area? I thought they only inhabited the desert climate to the East. And if they are native, how about rattle snakes?
bummer no phone pics?

i would think it was overall to cold for scorpions to live here.
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I think they are native. I have seen them before in the gorge although not quite that big. Nice find!
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There are a couple varieties native to Oregon. I thought they were small, though.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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bummer no phone pics?

i would think it was overall to cold for scorpions to live here.
Unfortunately I don't have any pics. I thought about cutting the top off my water bottle and taking him home for some show and tell and to get some pics, but I thought best just to leave him be. That's what I was thinking, how could it survive in this area?


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I think they are native. I have seen them before in the gorge although not quite that big. Nice find!
Thanks, I was pretty excited about it.

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There are a couple varieties native to Oregon. I thought they were small, though.

Is 3.5" not small?

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A 2"x 4" is 1.5 x 3.5 inches. Was it as long as a 2x4 is wide? Seems like that would be a fairly large guy.
I agree, cool critter, glad you weren't inclined to squish it.
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Seen 'em in the Dalles area prenty of times, but Multnomah Falls area would be a surprise.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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This one is 3 3/4 inches long from AZ. I put him in a gator aid bottle...fun time.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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My kids and I hike around Three Lynx occasionally when we head to Frog Lake. We have captured plenty of scorpions. Just east of Estecada. "Sting" whom they adopted, was about 2" long. He was very active at night.
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Uroctonus mordax ??
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Yep. Northwest Forest Scorpion.

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Central Oregon has lots of them although mostly are much smaller than the one you saw. We lived in Madras about 25 years ago and if you turned over a rock there would be one under a high majority of them. Never did see a big one.
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Central Oregon has lots of them although mostly are much smaller than the one you saw. We lived in Madras about 25 years ago and if you turned over a rock there would be one under a high majority of them. Never did see a big one.
I found one in the Tillamook drainage all red and about 1/4 in long.
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I have saw a few in the White river area.This one at the falls was over for the day just to cool off.LOL



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Old 08-17-2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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i have seen them up in the mt hood area timothy lake and upper clackamas river area
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His tail was curled over to the side like the one in the pic.

This was the smallest scorpion I've ever seen, though emperor scorpions are the only others that I've encountered, in the pet shops. Your all saying this one would have been a particularly larger than average sized one, so perhaps I should swallow my pride and consider the possibility I was overly optimistic in my estimation? Honestly 3.5" seems about right, but I am an imperfect human-being prone to make mistakes every now and then.
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It happens, and yes that would be and exceptional size for the area.

It's not widely known but yes they are all over Oregon. I'm a native and didn't discover this fact until I was in my 30's. It surprised me at the time and thought it was BS, until I did my own research.

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His tail was curled over to the side like the one in the pic.

This was the smallest scorpion I've ever seen, though emperor scorpions are the only others that I've encountered, in the pet shops. Your all saying this one would have been a particularly larger than average sized one, so perhaps I should swallow my pride and consider the possibility I was overly optimistic in my estimation? Honestly 3.5" seems about right, but I am an imperfect human-being prone to make mistakes every now and then.
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Is 3.5" not small?[/QUOTE]

Pardon me. What I really meant was that large. The people I know that have seen them, and the dead one I saw were under 2", and more like 1.5".
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I know we have them in Oregon, but they always come as a creepy surprise. Found one in Eugene once, probably 2 1/2 inches long or so, and brown like the one in the photo.
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His tail was curled over to the side like the one in the pic.

This was the smallest scorpion I've ever seen, though emperor scorpions are the only others that I've encountered, in the pet shops. Your all saying this one would have been a particularly larger than average sized one, so perhaps I should swallow my pride and consider the possibility I was overly optimistic in my estimation? Honestly 3.5" seems about right, but I am an imperfect human-being prone to make mistakes every now and then.
Maybe it was Scorpionzilla!
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:51 AM   #21
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When I was a kid.....early 70's Dad and I were trout fishing at the mouth of the Roaring river on the Clackamas.
Dad got my attention, rolled over a rock.......Scorpion! Could'nt believe my eyes. It was dark brown and about an inch and a half long.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:02 PM   #22
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Two of my uncles were surveyors on hwy 14 when it was consructed,they said they ran into scorpions and rattlesnakes frequently around the bonneville area,i found one by a little lake under the powerlines in the north bonneville area we thought it was a sand shrimp until someone shined a light on it(it was dark)
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Ideal conditions in the NW.

Best place to find them is in your plants and bark mulch at night.
Go get one of those black lights for scorpions they sell them at home improvement stores.
Be surprised what you find.
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Early 80's we found one west of Monmouth in an old shale quarry while we were doing a little plinking with. .22's....my cousin took it to to school and gave it to his science teacher at Falls City HS for display...only one I've seen in this area.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #25
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Well its like here on the washington side there is a lake right next to bonniville dam called Kidney lake and there are tons or solid black scorpions there, just turn over some of the big rocks.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #26
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We had one in Tiller in the cabin we lived in. It was on the kitchen counter & my wife was giving our baby girl a bath in the sink. Daughter let out a scream & at first we thought she was stung. The scorpian had it's tail curled up in stike postion & my wife screamed & I smashed it with a piece of stove wood. Sorry little critter but instinct causes me to kill what might harm my family. No marks on our daughter but it sure was a rude awakening. I was alot more carefull when bring in wood for the cook stove & heater from then on.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #27
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They are actually quite common if you know where to look. Been catching them since I was just a little guy. All it takes is flipping over a few rocks or digging through a rotten stump or log. Have caught plenty on the westside of the cascades, never really looked west of I5 though. Went on a field trip to the gorge with a invertebrate zoology class this spring, managed to personally catch 3 in about an hour. The class managed to round up a few others as well.
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About 1980 (I was 11) we were camped along the shore on Detroit Lake and were looking for worms to use for cat fishing and found one. Haven't seen one since but did find out that they are very common.

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Old 08-21-2012, 06:10 PM   #29
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I found a rattle snake on an old logging rod near charleston oregon, not more then 2 miles from the bar....You never know when an unexpected animal will pop up.
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Plenty of them off the Clackamas above Estacada. Most people don't realize they are on the west side, much like the amount of porcupines that are in the Vernonia area.
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All over Beacon Rock!!!!
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