On a pitch black night last weekend, we looked for devil scorpions along a woodland trail in Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County. Before we set out, our leader, park naturalist Jenna McLoughlin, gave us some special sticks and ultraviolet light flashlights. The sticks, we learned, were for spreading apart leaf litter around old logs where devil scorpions usually live. The UV lights were for easily spotting the nocturnal creatures, whose fluorescent bodies glow at night under UV light.
We found 15 scorpions during our hour-long trek. Along the way, McLoughlin explained that scorpions are arachnids, in the same class with spiders. Scorpions are easily recognizable with their front pinchers and long tail, which may be curled or flat. If threatened, a scorpion will raise its tail high above its back.