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knucklehead
04-22-2009, 11:00 PM
The scorps are out! found this one along with four others on a ridge. Under rocks not out in the open. neat little buggers. keep an eye on your hands!http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm228/knucklehead1979/chestnutscorpionirisandothers120.jpg

ttas67
04-24-2009, 12:44 AM
where was this, geographically?

knucklehead
04-27-2009, 08:43 PM
On the top of chestnut ridge trail. at the first really sharp bend, a nice gathering of rocks lines the ridge. Very exposed setting but damp under rocks and logs.

flydoc
04-28-2009, 08:53 AM
I don't think I'd put my finger that close to the little guy!

kytroutman
04-28-2009, 12:22 PM
knucklehead, are you talking about the two or three shelves of rocks as you come into the bend? If so, saw a very nice specimen of a copperhead sunning itself a couple of years ago in the same spot.

Fishermansfly
04-28-2009, 01:31 PM
Learn something new everyday.

http://www.state.tn.us/environment/tn_consv/archive/scorpion.htm

If you read the aritcle I found myself saying the same thing "I think your in the wrong state!"

~Brett

cubefisher
05-02-2009, 11:01 AM
Cool, informative article. I grew up in North Georgia, and we used to catch those things near Rising Fawn. I'd always suspected the sting to be more severe than what's indicated in the article. I'd say I can handle a honey bee sting, though I bet it'd be pretty chilling to see it happen. Mild as that is and in spite of how cool they are, they give me the creeps.

knucklehead
05-02-2009, 08:25 PM
kytroutman, yes. the first switchback. very snakey rock layers. Hoping to find a snake there sooner or later. That whole ridge must be loaded with scorpions. went on down the trail a few hundred yards, found some more loose rocks and surprise surprise....scorpions! even found one jr. it was about a tenth of the adult's size.

anyone ever been stung by a scorpion?

bones
05-03-2009, 07:54 AM
If you want to see snakes come to Ft Knox. Wish I had got some pictures, last week, I ran into about a dozen Hog Nosed snakes here on Post. I think they are the coolest snakes. Most ran throughg their whole threat display puffing themselves up an flaring their necks and then playing dead. My First Sergeant did'nt think it was too cool though.

Yesterday there was an eastern king snake on one of the ranges just finishing a breakfast of copperhead. The little sulphur yella tail was just slidding down as I walked up. He must have found some young ones. Gorgeous specimen; though coal black with a bright white chain pattern down his back.

The pic of the scorpion is diconcerting though. Thought I had left them things behind at Ft Hood. Nothing like checking your boots and fart sack any time they're left unattended. Hopefully the ones up there in the smokies stick with the rocks and rotten logs.

bigpopper
05-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the heads up! I'll just use the force ;) to lift the rocks for me!

flyguys
05-05-2009, 05:27 PM
Does anyone know how far west in tn these little boogers live?? I'd love to see one in the wild. flyguys.

kytroutman
05-05-2009, 06:07 PM
I've seen them as far west as Lafayette and Portland but when in Memphis, I am usually looking over my shoulder for things more dangerous than scorpions.

fourx
06-18-2009, 09:38 PM
In the '70's I used to go to a boy scout camp in the summer on Watts Bar lake. Those little scorpions were everywhere! I've often wondered there range in TN?
On a tangent, what ever happened to those little 6"-8" bright green Grass Snakes we'd see as kids everyday in West Hills in the '70's?

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