Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 14, 2010

Scorpion 1, Karen 0

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:25 am
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It was on her Chaco sandal when she slipped her foot into it to leave her house. Yes, my boss got stung by a scorpion last night; when I encountered her an hour later she had tingling in her face, arms and hands and was not feeling well at all. We have several kinds of scorpions here and only the Bark Scorpion is dangerous, but based on her “more-than-bee-sting” symptoms it could have been one of those. All my superhero powers failed to help her feel better, although I did make an ice bag for her foot with my mere mortal powers and stayed with her to see if the symptoms were getting better or worse. I was poised to take her to the hospital 45 minutes away if need be.

an unknown scorpion from Google images, just to remind you what they look like

Scorpions are not anybody’s favorite part of desert living. Karen had removed one from her house a few days prior, tossing it out the front door, and she surmises it found its way back in under the weatherstripping. Regarding “Live and Let Live:” despite its respectful rangerly approach, when it comes to these arachnids sharing my house, I have mixed feelings. A good solution is catch-in-Tupperware-and-take-to-work-to-show-visitors. They think a live scorpion is Very Cool.

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4 Comments »

  1. The problem with any ethical system is that one is always faced with ‘drawing a line’ somewhere.
    You can go the Buddhist route and say ‘never kill’ and then take your chances in a world abounding in viruses and microbes, armies of Insecta and hordes of predators – to say nothing of one’s own species.
    A spider in my sandal led to a week of foot-soaking last month, so I have no qualms whatsoever with their pre-meditated murder.
    As always, though, the question is exactly where to draw that line and how strictly to enforce it.

    Comment by LeRoque — September 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  2. BTW, mom killed a tiny rattlesnake in our garage yesterday. She literally stomped it into submission before administering the coup-de grace.
    Though tiny, it has the same venom as the adult of its species so I cautioned her to be more weapons-oriented in her next encounter.
    I think I’ll be more observant the next time I go out there barefoot to rummage for a snack . . .

    Comment by LeRoque — September 14, 2010 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  3. Cool! Ma killed a rattler? I would go with the approach that if they are in the house, car, garage, workplace, dispose if them so they cannot return. If you see them in the wild, let ’em live….

    Comment by john — September 15, 2010 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t think it was a rattler. I checked on the ‘net under “baby rattlers” and even the 5 or 6 inch ones had more decisive markings than mine did. I’d like to know what kind it was though.

    Comment by Mom — September 15, 2010 @ 10:02 pm | Reply


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