Timmy, Lynn, Ted, Jeramiah: the Scorpions of Keizer

Marion County

4 live scorpions were dropped off at a Keizer fire station

Four live scorpions were dropped off at a Keizer fire station, July 17, 2019 (Keizer FD)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Well, it’s not every day someone drops off 4 scorpions at the Keizer Fire Department. But Wednesday was that day.

Some people found the scorpions in a container at Keizer Rapids Park and thought they might be dangerous, especially near kids in a play area. So they picked them up and brought them to the fire station on Chemawa Road.

But what do you do with 4 live scorpions? Apparently, you name them.

Say hello to Timmy, Lynn, Ted, and Jeramiah — the Scorpions of Keizer.

A series of phone calls to different state agencies led to a chat with Oregon Department of Agriculture entomologist Tom Valente. He said Timmy, Lynn, Ted and Jeremiah are Pacific Northwest Forest Scorpions.

They’re nocturnal, which is why they’re not seen very often and they prefer moister conditions like under rocks or logs on the ground. And, Valente said, they’re not aggressive. They can and do sometimes sting, but mostly they play dead when they’re disturbed.

Glamour shots are next for the quartet. Then they’ll hit the road for events like the Oregon State Fair and will likely spend the rest of their life as celebrities.

They may also rock you like a hurricane.

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