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Northern Scorpion - Paruroctonus boreus


Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
This species is the only scorpion found in Montana. They can be locally common, but are rarely seen unless you are out at night with a flashlight or flipping rocks during the day. Best places to find this species are in southeast Montana along sandstone cliff areas, such as the Rims around Billings or cliffs in the Bighorn Canyon. The species is nocturnal, but may enter warm sheltered places in the cold days of fall to hibernate. The Northern Scorpion is rarely known to sting people. Scorpions hunt and feed on insects and other small prey that they can get their claws around. The sting injects a dose of paralyzing venom similar to that of spiders.

Range Comments
Best places to find this species in Montana are in the southeast along sandstone cliff areas, such as the Rims around Billings or cliffs in the Bighorn Canyon.

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 94

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Northern Scorpion — Paruroctonus boreus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from