22 Interesting Facts About Scorpions

Scorpions have eight legs and are highly poisonous. They have a long body and an extended stinging tail. Adult scorpions are about 3 inches long on average. The body is covered by an exoskeleton, which protects them from predators. They have adapted to a variety of environments and can be found on all continents except Antarctica. So here are 22 interesting facts about scorpions that will amaze you.

  1. Scorpions are carnivores animals and usually feed on insects.
  2. Scorpions can survive without consuming food for about 12 months.
  3. The scorpion doesn’t have good vision in spite of having so many eyes.
  4. There are approximately 2000 species of scorpion, but only 30 to 40 of them are deadly to humans.
  5. Living scorpions reflect ultraviolet light and can glow with an eerie greenish color when exposed to UV light, no matter what color they appear under normal lighting conditions.
  6. A scorpion has two eyes on the top and can have up to 10 eyes on its front corners.
  7. They don’t have a very good vision in spite of having so many eyes.
  8. Scorpions are exoskeletons (external skeleton) and are made of chitin which is a tough molecule made up of nitrogen and polysaccharide.
  9. Unlike other insects, which generally deposit eggs outside their bodies, scorpions give birth to live babies, known as viviparity. They give birth to live young.
  10. Scorpions have a lifespan of about 3 to 5 years.
  11. Scorpions are found in every continent except Antarctica.
  12. Medium-sized scorpions are considered to be the most venomous.
  13. Record of the world’s biggest scorpion is named after a forest scorpion that was 9(23 inches) inches in length.
  14. The smallest scorpion on the planet is Microtityus waeringi, which measures about 12 mm when fully grown.
  15. When a scorpion hunts its prey, it injects venom and digestive into its prey. When digestion is completed, they stuck the liquid food from the body of its prey.
  16. They can survive without water for a very long time as they absorb water from their prey.
  17. When food is scarce, scorpions can survive on one insect for a complete one year by slowing their metabolism.
  18. Scorpions can survive a nuclear apocalypse.
  19. Scorpions have about eight legs and two main body regions, prosoma and obdemen.
  20. Scorpions evolved about 435 million years ago.
  21. Scorpion shed their skin about six times until they reach adulthood.
  22. Once a male and female get close to each other and decide to mate, they engage in a complex courtship ritual called a promenade a Deux.

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