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Day before yesterday while I was herping, I tripped over a rock and found a very special animal underneath it, a Deathstalker (Leiurus quinquestriatus). It is either one of or the most toxic/dangerous scorpion in the world, but luckily for me, it was either hibernating or dead underneath said rock. Here's the photo I snagged of it while I was scrambling to identify it:
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Awesome. There aren't that many threats in The Netherlands. I fell over a stick once....



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Nice. Best I've done is Uroctonus mordax, inches from the icy water inhabited by Rhyacotriton cascadae, Ascaphus truei, and Dicamptodon spp.! No, wait...that's not quite true. I found dozens of scorpions in May of 2015, including 3 or 4 Centruroides sculpturatus south of Tucson. Not remotely as dangerous as Leiurus, nor as exciting as finding Uroctonus while hunting salamanders though.



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Whoa what an alarming find! Good thing it was in a dormant state. I often encounter Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes when herping. Always got to tread lightly and cautiously.



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Glad it was not alert ! Where I live there are not many dangerous things if you are herping on land away from water.



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