Arthropod

Scorpion

Area: 
Every continent except Antarctica
Habitat: 
Forest, rain forest, grasslands, desert, cities
Food: 
Insects, spiders, and sometimes small mice and lizards
Size: 
From ¼ inch to about 8 inches long, depending on the species
Babies: 
Scorpions hatch from eggs inside their mother then are born live; They ride on their mother’s back for several days.
A scorpion has two eyes on top and up to five pairs on each side of its head.
Scorpion Tale

 

 

A scorpion uses its pincers to grab and crush its catch. If the preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. struggles, the scorpion uses a stinger on its tail to inject venom. The venom makes the preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. unable to move. Most scorpions don’t have venom strong enough to hurt a human, but being careful around wildlife is always a good idea!

 

Scorpion eggs hatch inside the female, then the hatchlings crawl out of her body alive. They are white when they first emerge, and their shell is not hard yet. The babies ride on their mother’s back for the first few weeks. Then most go off on their own. In some speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent., the mother lets them stay with her for a few months to a year.

 

Most scorpions are nocturnalAwake and active during the night, asleep during the day. and tend to live by themselves. Most of them spend the day in a burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground. to keep cool and hide from predators. Some kinds of scorpion do not burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground.. Instead, they may hide under bark or leaf litter, and some even climb trees!