Don't deny it. They are. They're totally weird. Especially when they carry their goofy little offspring on their back. That's....well, it's a little freaky, a little gross, and a little awesome, and a little bit cute. All at the same time.
This one (well, two different ones) is a Striped Bark Scorpion, pretty common in Texas. Apparently, these guys have some insane mating shebang, lasting up to 36 hours. (what the hell?) and the babies are born 5-12 months later. They're born in litte sacs and after they release themselves, they crawl onto mum's back and go along for the ride. They jump ship a couple weeks later. This is the only one I've ever seen with the babelets on her back.
I didn't really see many of these guys this season. Not sure if it had to do with the extra dry year or what, but usually I'd run into them most days. Whatever, I like 'em and there's no need to be freaked out by them. Though when some of us were camping one night, I was sitting on a rock and they started crawling out underneath us which may have alarmed me briefly... (most of these are point and shoot shots, so not totally sharp) Nature Notes