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Scientific name

Centruroides vittatus


The average length of mature Stripebacked Scorpions is 2.5 inches.


The Stripebacked Scorpion varies in color from yellowish-tan to brown. As you can see in the picture below, the Stripebacked Scorpion has 2 dark gray lines that run the length of it's back. Older scorpions tend to be a darker brown, and the stipes may not be as obvious.


In the United States, the Stipebacked Scorpion is found in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. It is the most widespread scorpion in the United States. Outside of the United States, it is found in Northern Mexico.
Map of US states the Stripebacked Scorpion is found in.
Map does not show area of true distribution, only the states in which there is a population.
Actual distribution in any highlighted state may be limited.


There seems to be some varied opinions about the potential danger of the Stripebacked Scorpion. Some claim it to be harmless, while others have reported it's sting as extremely painful and potentially dangerous.

Stripebacked Scorpion
Photo used by permission:
© Jim Kalisch
Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For more information on dangerously venomous scorpions, please see the Venomous Links page.

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