Scorpion Reproduction

Scorpion Reproduction

Scorpion Breeding

It generally takes from 6 months to 8 years for a Scorpion to reach the age of maturity. They will go through various molting stages along the way. During that process their body is able to successfully grow. Only a small percentage of the Scorpion population actually live to the age of maturity.

Scorpions rely on smell and vibrations to find each other for mating purposes. When a pair find each other they may take part in a very complex dance with each other. Mating can take from few minutes to hours.

Once mating has been completed they will go their separate ways again. Sometimes the male won’t leave soon enough and he will become dinner for the female. If he does get away he will likely go in search of some food. Then he will venture on to find other females he can successfully mate with.

The young will grow inside of the female and be born alive from her body. These young will live on her back for the first several weeks of life. The gestation period can be from 3 to 8 months. Before the young are born the female will take part in a very unique posture.

She will lift her body and make it very stiff. She will also lower her front legs and this allows the young to come out of her body. They will emerge one at a time. This can be a consist flow or there can be several minutes between them. She will hold that posture until they have all been successful removed from her body.

She will care for them until they go through the first molting period. There may be from 1 to 100 of them at a time. The number of young – called Scorplings – will depend on the species as well as the environmental factors that surround them. Sometimes the mothers will consume the young rather than to take care of them. It isn’t fully understood why that happens.

However, it is believed it has to do with environmental factors. When there is already a lack of food and they are fighting over habitat it isn’t deemed a good idea to introduce more of them into that same location. This could be one of the ways that the Scorpion naturally helps to ensure the overall survival of the various species.

Then they will get off her back and go their own way. They will instinctively know how to look for food and they will have to find their own shelter.

This can take place after a final molt occurs for those given species. This is a process that is very interesting and may guarantee the continued population of the species. There is still plenty of research about looking into this.

There are some species of Scorpions where the female is able to produce more eggs that turn into young for up to a year.

The average lifespan for a Scorpion in the wild is from 2 to 10 years. However, some of them have been known to live in captivity for up to 25 years. The lifespan depends on the type of Scorpion, the types of predators around, and the overall living conditions.