Scorpions in East Tennessee

I have heard that there are 2 species of scorpions in East Tennessee, yet I have not found one, but have reliable witnesses who have seen them. Any tips on finding one? Thanks

There are quite a few observations of Vaejovis carolinianus in the area, but Centruroides vittatus seems to be quite rare. You can always try to look for where others have seen them

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I asked my sister in law in Tucson Arizona where I could look for scorpions. She said, “Well, there’s usually one in my broom closet.” There was.

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Apparently unlike their desert cousins they like to hunt in moist places, such as in wood piles, under rocks, or hiding under loose bark. You could try using a UV light to search for them at night and in dark places.

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I have quite a bit of experience finding Centruroides vittatus but not Vaejovis carolinianus. Look for them in forested areas underneath logs and especially under large rocks. This is probably more a function of where I look for them, but I have the greatest success finding them underneath large sandstone blocks on oak-forested slopes

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You can try leaving dirty clothes in a pile for a few days, then picking them up.

That’s how I got stung by and then saw Vaejovis carolinianus, in that order.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/81519756

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