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Scorpions - Smoky Mountain Wildlife Awareness 

There are 2 species of scorpions that live in eastern Tennessee. The native Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion and the Striped Scorpion which was accidentally introduced. Scorpions are nocturnal hunters feeding at night and hiding during the day - but don't worry, they don't eat people. They are natural pest control and are after small insects and other arachnids. Scorpions are cold-blooded, which means they are at the same temperature as their surrounding environment. Most active at temperatures greater than 77 degrees, they become sluggish in cold weather. 

Do They Sting?

Although they do have a sting it is not as painful or venomous as their western ancestors. The venom of scorpions found in Tennessee is similar to that of a honey bee sting. These scorpions are not like the larger 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.

What If I See One?

If you happen to encounter one outside, 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.

Although it is rare, it is possible you may find a scorpion in the cabin you are staying in. Prevention efforts are futile as their thick exoskeletons make them resistant to most pesticides. Scorpions prefer moist environments and are usually found in the bathrooms, near the tubs and sinks. They enter the cabins looking for water and usually travel up the outside of the water pipes. However, they will cling to luggage and can sometimes end up on other surfaces.

Please call our guest services line if you encounter a Scorpion during your stay. We keep our properties under pest control and will be happy to alert them.

An Eastern Stripeless Scorpion poised to strike on a picnic table
A striped bark scorpion on a hiking trail

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