Alexial via Blacklight

This is Alexial when she was young and chubby. She's a deathstalker scorpion, Leiurus quinquestriatus.

In normal light she looks like this, though in the following photo she's all grown up:

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/356870862

 

You should NEVER leave a blacklight on a scorpion long-term. The intense UV rays will eventually kill the nocturnal animal. Some pet stores market scorpion habitats with blacklights because they look cool, but they don't tell you the facts.

 

Here she is featured at UglyOverload.com on June 24, 2007:

uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2007/06/as-you-requested.html

 

and here, at The Gist, on Smithsonian.com:

thegist.smithsonianmag.com/archives/165

 

 

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Taken on April 7, 2006