Order Scorpionida

scorpions

Biology

Scorpions are scavengers who will make a meal of almost anything. They grow from 1.3 to 3 inches in length, with eight pairs of legs, a pair of large pincers, and a pair of small pincers near the mouth, as well as a stinger on their tails.

Scorpions are common in southern states, and though they look fierce, most species deliver a sting that is no more harmful than a bee’s. Scorpions have poor eyesight and will use their pincers as feelers. They are found through homes, especially in cracks and crevices at ground level, and art active primarily at night. The Scorpion will lay up to 60 eggs in burrows that are guarded by the female. The eggs hatch in the Spring.

Factoid

Of 1,500 species of scorpions worldwide, only about 20 to 25 are regarded as dangerous. Stings from such species may cause paralysis, severe convulsions, cardiac irregularities, or breathing difficulties that may lead to death. Antivenins are available in areas where dangerous scorpions live. (Factoid Source: Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System)

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