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TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES. 7
Formerly, the report said, many
more deaths occurred, as scorpions
were then much more numerous,
and a bounty has been paid for
nearly 100 years for the extermi-
nation of scorpions in Mexico.
(Official figures from Probate Office
in Mexico, at Durango.)
These statistics, as compared to
our North American scorpions
show that our scorpions are a rather
harmless creature as far as death-
A TEXAS SCOR
cases from same are concerned,
and as to Southwest Texas, no
deaths from the scorpion bite are
recorded in the official mortuary
records of San Antonio, as far as
twenty or more years back. (Jno.
U. Mueller, Secretary of San An-
tonio Bureai of Deaths, having
looked up this record for me.)
The separate photo-view of three
scorpions in natural size, shows
the great difference in size of the
Mexican scorpion as compared to
our Texas variety. It is of nearly
one half size longer and of a light
yellowish-brown color, and its tail
end venom receptacle harbors a
most poisonous fluid which it in-
jects through its needle-sharp and
curved tail-end-claw. This speci-
men was sent to the writer by
Dr. Jackson of Durango, Mexico,
and it killed a mouse in confine-
ment with same, the experiment
PION WITH YOUNG ONES
being conducted by my friend,
Dr. A. Lange, veterinary Surgeon
of San Antonio. Such experi-
ments, I may add, whilst they
appear horrid to some, it should
be remembered that mice and
rats, being great public nuisances,
they are often cruelly dealt with
by drowning or strangled to
death in traps, or poisoned, and
a chicken or a turkey's head is
without much feeling, chopped off
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/11/?q=menger: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.