Many Tennesseans and our visitors don’t
realize that scorpions are common in our
area, especially around forest litter.
Two species of scorpions reside in our
area of Tennessee, the Plain Eastern Stripeless
Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus)
and the Striped Scorpion (Centruroides
The Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion
is native to our state. The other species,
the Striped Scorpion, was accidentally
introduced to Tennessee.
Scorpions have a compact head called
a "cephalothorax," a
broad segmented abdomen and a tail-like
structure called a "telson." The
tail tip is enlarged and contains a venomous
stinger used for self-defense or to subdue
overactive prey. Scorpions can control
the amount of venom injected. Venom is
injected by thrusting the tail forward
over the head and into the prey. The
venom of scorpions found in Tennessee is
similar to that of a honey bee sting.
These scorpions are not like the scorpions
found in the western United States. The
severity of the reaction is dependent upon
the sensitivity of that individual’s body
to the venom.
Scorpions are nocturnal hunters feeding
at night and hiding during the day. They
are most active at temperatures greater
than 77 degrees and become sluggish in
cold weather. Scorpions are cold blooded,
which means they are the same temperature
as their surrounding environment. They
can also survive long periods of time without
food. During the summer months, scorpions
usually feed about once a week depending
on food availability. They eat crickets,
cockroaches, ants, beetles, mealworms,
spiders, and butterflies, just to name
a few things.
You may find a scorpion in the cabin
you are staying in, please remember there
is not a lot Timber Tops can do to prevent
or control scorpions. Scorpions are usually
found in the bathrooms, near the tubs and
sinks. They enter the cabins looking for
water and usually traveling up the outside
of the water pipes.
If you should be lucky enough to encounter
one, remember that they are very beneficial
in controlling the insect population. Natural
predators include birds, frogs, centipedes,
spiders, lizards and snakes. Scorpions
are very discreet creatures of the night
and would prefer to stay hidden.
Please call our guest services line,
1-800-266-1066 if you encounter a Scorpion
during your stay and you would like us
to remove it from the area.