Western Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax). Possibly gravid.
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Oakland, California.
Northwest Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax).
Pepperwood Preserve. Santa Rosa, California.
Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognised by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm (Typhlochactas mitchelli) to 20 cm (Hadogenes troglodytes).