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Seek ye the trail of the scorpion into the Hollow. (Circle C Metro Park)
Scorpions are arthropods, they have eight legs, two pedipalps, and a tail with a venom-injecting barb. Scorpions have two venom glands that produce venom used in hunting and self defense. Scorpions do not have bones instead they have an exoskeleton made of chitin, the same thing our fingernails are composed of. Scorpions are found all across the world. There are over 2,000 different species found on six of the seven continents. They prey on insects, arthropods and in some cases small vertebrates. Because scorpions can live in such hash environments they have adapted the ability to slow their metabolism to as little as one-third the rate for most arthropods.
This enables some species to use little oxygen and live on a single insect a year. Even with lowered metabolism, the scorpion has the ability to spring quickly to the hunt when the opportunity presents itself something that many hibernating species are unable to do. Some species can have over 100 viviparous offspring, followed by the young climbing on the mother's back for weeks until first molt and living independently. All scorpions are venomous, they use their venom to paralyze and kill their pray and in self defense. Even small young scorpions can inject you with the same amount of venom as adults.
1. UV is strongly recommended, do NOT be surprised if you find it impossible to do with a normal light.
2. At the posted starting coordinates - switch off your normal light, switch on your UV. Scan this rock bed. You should start to see some glow. This will give you a good idea of the reaction time between the light, the UV, and your eyes.
3. The terrain is roughest early on, after you cross the bottom, it'll all ease up.
4. Right at dusk, there is still enough glow in the spots that were exposed to sunlight to see. Nearly full moon night, the glow was hardest to see, as the light breaking through the trees plays tricks with your eyes.
5. You are following the trail that is there, the glow is guidance, your return from the final is aided by the more traditional thumbtacks.
6. Your final is N 30 10.X W 097 51.Y
7. X and Y are on cedar. X is at your first split decision, don't get stumped. Y is located very close to where you can cut off trail for the final on an overhead limb (no more glow after "Y"). Make them glow, then kill the lights for easier reading.
8. Scorpions were seen at the starting point when placing the cache. Take care for the moving glow. They glow naturally under UV.
Initial contents: Unactivated Geocoin, Unactivated Travel Tag, Baskin Robbins gift certificates, some glowing items, TB, Bison tube (complete with log for you to take), the logbook for this cache, and other items. The head is a fixture in the cache, it watches, it waits, do not remove him.
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Last Updated: on 12/27/2013 9:29:35 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (5:29 AM GMT)
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