A Scorpion by Many Names
The largest scorpion in North America is known as the Desert Hairy Scorpion, and is common throughout the Sonora & Mojave deserts in the American Southwest, including Arizona. There are a few variations of the species that are extremely similar, identified by slight differences and geographic location. Officially known as Hadrurus Arizonensis, the Desert Hairy Scorpion is also known as the Giant Hairy Scorpion, Arizona Hairy Scorpion, and Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion, and are often used interchangeably.
How They Live
The distinctive feature of the Desert Hairy Scorpion is the large sensory hairs that cover its body, which are very apparent when you observe these scorpions close up. These hairs are used to detect other animals, picking up on touch, air currents, and chemicals of potential prey. As the largest of North American scorpions, they are known to grow up to about 6”, with a relatively stocky body and thick appendages. (more…)