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Where Are The Scorpions

Scorpion Map for Greater Phoenix

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center used to track the calls received by their operators relative to scorpion stings. A study published in 2002 by Nancy McIntyre, under the auspices of the Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (for brevity, referred to as "CAP LTER"), published the results of her research about where scorpion stings were reported in the greater Phoenix area.

The purpose of her study of scorpion stings in Phoenix was to provide data that might be helpful in land development decisions.

The map below is the result of her research. Keep in mind some very important facts:

  • This data is more than 15 years old. The map was created based on reported scorpion stings between January 1, 1006 and December 31, 1997.
  • It is not possible to determine how many scorpion stings went unreported.
  • New areas of development, and growth in Maricopa County that has occurred since the study was published, were not included.
  • As development of the area has changed, so might the scorpion habitats.
  • Because an area didn't have scorpions then, doesn't mean it won't have scorpions now.
  • As far as I know, no one maintains/publishes current data on reported scorpion stings in the Phoenix area.

It has been noted that there seem to be more scorpion sightings in the City of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and South Mountain areas of the metro area. Here's what Ms. McIntyre found in her study.

Zip Codes in 1996 to 1997 That Were More Likely To Have Scorpions

Phoenix: 85020, 85023, 85027, 85028, 85040, 85044, 85048

Mesa: 85202, 85213

Gilbert: 85234

Paradise Valley: 85253

Scottsdale: 85254, 85255, 85259 

Fountain Hills: 85268

Tempe: 85282, 85283, 85284

In the following map that accompanied the study results, the redder the area, the more scorpion stings were reported in that zip code during the stated period. 

Scorpion Map of Phoenix

Scorpion Stings in Greater Phoenix


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