Holy cow! The grasshopper mouse is like the mongoose of the Southwest!
Now, I may have only lived in Arizona for less than a year, but I know that I have to beware of scorpions and other beasties both outdoors — and in. Thankfully, these furry little critters can be found here, too.
The grasshopper mouse is found all across the Southwest. It is nocturnal and approximately smaller than a hamster. But the best part? It also eats scorpions, like the Arizona bark scorpion, thanks to its lightning-quick reflexes — and its ability to transform the deadly venom into a painkiller.
And what’s more? Thanks to these guys, Michigan State University is leading the research that could result in advances in treating pain in humans.
Evolution: 1, Scorpion: 0.