Identifying marks Segmented body, sting-bearing curved tail and lobster-like pinchers. Black, dark grey, dark brown to light brown or gold, depending on environment. 2–12cm long. Emergency measures
Wash the affected area with soap and warm water, pat dry and use antiseptic cream or powder. Apply a cold pack. Use pain-relief medication if needed. Seek medical attention if injury becomes infected. Lingering effects
Immediate burning pain that may persist for several hours. May cause localised reddening, numbness, tenderness, nausea, headache, fatigue. Seek medical advice for severe symptoms. Action needed?
Be vigilant when moving rocks and mulch around the garden. Australian scorpions are not very common and are not fatal.