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Grasshopper mouse vs. Arizona bark scorpion

Despite the fact that Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) stings are intensely painful, southern grasshopper mice (Onychomys torridus) prey on these scorpions. This video shows an adult, a sub-adult and a juvenile (respectively) grasshopper mouse attack, kill and consume a bark scorpion. Grasshopper mice may groom only briefly following a bark scorpion sting. The grasshopper mice and bark scorpions shown in this video were collected from the Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona. Interactions were staged on the morning a mouse was trapped; the mouse was monitored for approximately 10 - 12 hours following the trial and was released that evening at its site of capture. (Video by Matthew P. Rowe). Read more: http://scim.ag/18jx7iW

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