By Jayati Ramakrishnan

The Oregonian

Oregonians can sleep a little lighter knowing the scorpion is native to the Pacific Northwest, too. Members of Keizer’s fire department got up close to the arachnids Wednesday when someone dropped off four live scorpions at the station.

Keizer Fire District said in a news release that a member of the public brought in the scorpions “for safety” after finding them in a container at Keizer Rapids Park and being concerned they were in an area where they might be dangerous to children.

The fire department named the four creatures — Timmy, Lynn, Ted and Jeremiah — before turning them over to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Capt. Aaron Pittis said the scorpions were only at the fire station for about an hour.

Though scorpions are usually associated with the desert, ODA said the species dropped off at the Keizer fire station are the Pacific Northwest forest scorpion, which are found throughout the Willamette Valley. They are nocturnal, and most often live under logs or rocks, on south or west-facing slopes.