Some people are surprised to learn that scorpions live all over Australia. Not just confined to dry desert areas, scorpions inhabit cooler and wetter habitats and can certainly be found in Australian gardens under logs and rocks and even in people’s houses!
The good news is that none of the really lethal species live here. Nevertheless, be wary as Australian scorpions can still inflict a painful sting resulting in swelling and pain lasting for several hours. Always seek medical attention if stung!
A scorpion is easily identified by its long tail, eight legs and a pair of pincers on long arms. The pincers hold down prey which the scorpion paralyses with the venomous tip of its tail.
Generally, scorpions feed on arthropods such as beetles, cockroaches, spiders, slaters, centipedes and millipedes. The only known specialist scorpion is Australia’s Isometroides vescus, which hunts burrowing spiders – especially trapdoor spiders.
These bold invaders crash their victim’s home, subdue and eat the spider, and then take up residence in the vacant burrow!
The ninth coin in the Deadly & Dangerous Series portrays Australia’s Spider-Hunting Scorpion. Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, no more than 5,000 of these superbly coloured coins will be released, each housed in a high-gloss timber case accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.