An unusual resident has been found at Swansea University – a European yellow-tailed scorpion; rescued by RSPCA Cymru after being spotted by a passer-by.
Found on a wall at the University’s Singleton Campus on 16 November, the non-native species is not routinely found in Swansea – though settled populations do exist in Sheerness in Kent, and elsewhere on the Isle of Sheppey, with the scorpions believed to have been accidentally brought to the UK in the 1860s.
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information as to how the scorpion was found in Swansea – with its appearance on the campus a complete mystery. It is currently being looked after in RSPCA care.
This species of scorpion are exceptionally small, and on average measure between 35 and 45mm in length. Nocturnal ambush predators, their sting is exceptionally painful, though not dangerous in normal circumstances. They love to live in rock walls, and other rocky areas, with plenty of crevices to hide.
Nicole Wallace, RSPCA animal collection officer, who rescued the scorpion, said:
“It is totally unclear how this little scorpion found its way onto the University campus – but it certainly isn’t your average student!
“We are eager to find out any information which may help us decipher where this scorpion came from. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know whether this scorpion has come from a domestic home, arrived in Swansea accidentally on a boat, or somehow travelled here from elsewhere in the UK.
“Anyone with any information to support this information appeal can contact 0300 123 8018.”
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