Striped Bark Scorpion


Actual Size:2″ – 2¾”

Characteristics:Pale yellow to tan in color, with two pronounced black stripes running along the top of the abdomen.


Habitat: Often found in or on dead trees or vegetation as well as in crevices and under rocks or debris.


  • Sting is painful and may cause a serious reaction but is almost never fatal
  • Active at night
  • Feeds mainly on smaller insects and arachnids


Striped Bark Scorpion in St. Louis

The striped bark scorpion is found in a wide range across the south-central US, including in St. Louis. It takes shelter during the day and forages at night. Unlike some scorpions, it doesn’t burrow. Its typical prey consists of insects, other arachnids and even juvenile members of its own species.

Striped Bark Scorpion Habitat

Striped bark scorpions have a wide geographic distribution and, as a result, dwell in a variety of habitats, from deserts to conifer forests to grasslands. Spending a substantial amount of time on the ground, this scorpion is typically found in vegetation, fallen trees, old weathered buildings in crevices and under rocks, boards or other debris. These scorpions are also known to come indoors, usually sheltering in a tight space as they do outdoors. It’s also common for them to climb; they are often found in the attics of homes.

Striped Bark Scorpion Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

The venom of the striped bark scorpion is not considered fatal to humans. The most common reaction is pain and swelling. However, those with a sensitivity to the venom may have a reaction including chest tightness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and in the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock.

If you suspect a striped bark scorpion issue, contact your local pest control company.