Scorpion Facts and Information
Scorpion Facts and Information. Feeding, habitat, distribution, reproduction, anatomy, venom research and more.
Facts about the Arizona Bark Scorpion, the Deathstalker Scorpion, the Emperor Scorpion, the Fattail Scorpion.
Introduction to Scorpions
The Scorpion is a type or arthropod. They have 8 legs and they have a very long tail that curls over the top. They also have a stinger that is full of venom. However, only about ¼ of them have venom that is very dangerous. Yet the fact that it can kill humans makes them creatures people are afraid of.
The smallest species of Scorpions are only about ½ an inch in size. The largest of them can be up to 7 ½ inches. They are going to be a variety of colors that allow them to blend in well with the surrounding areas. They can be brown, black, or even a greenish color.
The Scorpion has been able to survive on Earth for millions of years. That means they are very adaptable with the type of body that they already have. Early fossil remains are dated about 430 million years ago. They are found to live on every continent other than Australia.
Top Scorpion Facts
- Young Scorpions ride on their mothers back for the first weeks of life.
- The average lifespan in the wild for the Scorpion is 2 to 10 years.
There are more than 1,700 species of Scorpions that have been identified. They can range in size depending on species and habitat. They may have only 6 eyes but many species have as many as 12. None of them have good vision though.
Instead they rely on their vibrations and their sense of smell. They live in rocks, sand, and other locations. They are very adaptable so there is really no limit to where you will find them. They will eat heavily when it is available in the form of insects and rodents. No worries for them though if there isn’t much as they can go a year without any food or water.
The Scorpion is one type of creature that can reproduce through a male and female mating. However, some species have the ability for the eggs to be fertilized without any male to offer sperm. This is a very interesting concept that researchers continue to investigate.
The coloring of the Scorpion makes it hard for many humans to notice they are around until it is too late. This is when they are susceptible to bites occurring. Experts don’t believe that Scorpion though is aggressive. However, they do think that they often come into contact with humans when they are trying to find a warmer place when the temperatures change. Most species live in areas that are from the mid 60’s to high 90’s in Fahrenheit degrees.
However, they are known to love in areas that are very cold and those that are very hot including deserts that reach triple digits on a regular basis. The desert is the most common place for them to be found. The venom from some species of Scorpions can be toxic. This is a huge problem in some locations such as Mexico. There at least 1,000 adults and children die every single year due to bites from this creature. It is very hard to find them though and to completely remove them from any habitat.
Some individuals love the aggressive nature of the Scorpion. They enjoy collecting items that represent this living thing. They have a unique thing that very few people go after. They also enjoy sharing with people the reasons why they should save the Scorpion.
However, there are not statistics to show they are in danger of extinction or that they have any real contribution to society. The only benefit may be that they keep levels of insects from becoming too high in some areas.
At this point in time there aren’t any real conservation efforts in place to protect the Scorpion. However, there are advocates that strive to help them get a better reputation and more respect than they have.
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