SCORPION! ACK! Yes, can you believe it? I had to make an "emergency run" to the nearby Ralph's grocery store over the weekend while out on my walk (to use their bathroom!). As I stepped out of my car and started to walk to the store, I just happened to look down at the ground and see this fellow! He wasn't entirely SQUISHED, so I bent over to take a closer look (completely forgetting why I was there in the first place!) I was so intrigued, I grabbed my camera and took these photos of it. I put my foot out so that you could see how big it was! His STINGER was still intact, as were his "claws". I haven't seen a live SCORPION for about 30 years, since the late 1970's when one crawled across out living room floor and our German Shepherd went to investigate it! I screamed then and the dog backed off! I understand that the bigger ones are not as deadly as the smaller ones, but can anybody confirm that? I have no idea what SPECIES this one is either. "S" for SCORPION...ABC Wednesday for November 24, 2010. UPDATE: from my research this morning, apparently this is a desert gold scorpion, whose venom isn't particulary toxic, unless you are a cricket! Phew!