Scorpions

Scorpions

Scorpions have been around for a long time – over 420 million years-and may be the most feared of all animals that Mother Nature has produced. Scorpions are arthropods of the arachnid class.

Scorpions can be colored in a variety of light tans to dark browns. Some, like the Emperor Scorpion, can grow to 8 inches in length and colored black, while other scorpions grow only to hit an inch or two in length. Most scorpions are located in desert areas but are not easily seen because they hide in the shade and under rocks. Once temperatures begin to cool down and the sun begins to set, they come out to hunt for food. They love to feed on crickets, cockroaches, and silverfish, otherwise they eat just about any bug they can catch. Unlike spiders, scorpions actually consume their prey rather than suck the juices up from inside. They can also live regularly without food or water for 4 months and in hibernation, some can live as long as 7 months long without food or water.

They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 21 cm .Scorpions are found widely distributed over all continents, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats except the high latitudetundra. Scorpions number about 1,752 described species, with 13 extant families recognised to date.