Scorpions live in all states of the continental U.S. However, they prefer desert climates and are concentrated in states like Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. They are also found in southern California and North Carolina. Outside the U.S., they are found in Brazilian forests, British Columbia and even the Himalayas.
Scorpions are arachnids, which means they are related to spiders and ticks. They're notable for their pincers and their long, curved tails, which have a venomous stinger at the tip. They don't see well and depend on their sense of touch. Scorpions are largely nocturnal and hunt small insects and spiders and occasionally small mammals, birds and reptiles.