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Marbled Scorpion

People know Australia for its snakes and spiders but generally not for its scorpions ! I found this little critter in the bathroom of our property in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. It's a Marbled Scorpion (Lychas marmoreus). Only a tiny species with a total body length including the tail of about 30 mm (or 1.2 inches ). It does pack a punch however when it bites; so you need to treat them with a healthy level of respect. Being tiny and a nocturnal hunter it is rarely seen. One cool way to find them at night is that like most other scorpions they glow in the dark when placed under a UV light ! Laguna, New South Wales, Australia.

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