N.J. family finds venomous stowaway scorpion when unpacking from Costa Rican vacation
A Vineland family found more than sand or unwashed clothing inside one of their suitcases when they returned home from a trip to Costa Rica.
On Monday, the family discovered an orange, venomous, eight-legged creature, and quickly trapped it in a golf bag and called Vineland’s animal control officer, The Daily Journal reported.
Officials from the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife retrieved the scorpion from the home late Monday morning using snake tongs and a plastic takeout food container, according to The Daily Journal.
Scorpions are members of the arachnid family and easily recognized by their pincers and long, narrow tails.
Scorpion stings are rarely fatal, but may result in symptoms such as numbness, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision and salivation.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) does not regulate scorpions, but wildlife officials retrieved it and are working to find it an appropriate home, DEP spokeswoman Caryn Shinske said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.
The Daily Journal said the scorpion may stay in the Garden State if officials can find it a secure home in a proper facility, like a zoo.