10 Facts About Scorpions

Scorpions are the toughest creatures in the world, 95% of the life they spends under the ground, while the  rest of the time chasing everything they could, and even other scorpions.

More than 1500 species…

They are spread all over the world, about 1,500 species are known, but there are many that have not  yet been classified. Of all the famous species, there are only twenty poisonous to humans! They are  most common in the deserts and tropical regions, where they live for eight to nine years, and it is  interesting that the some specimens were found thirty years old.

The same look – different size…

The scorpion was created 400 million years ago, but then it was considerably larger – it was up to  one meter long and lived in the sea about 100 million years ago. Then it moved to the mainland and  shrunk. Archaeological finds say that today’s scorpion looks exactly the same as when it originated,  except that, fortunately, it is much smaller!

Deathstalker scorpionMost of today’s scorpions are 1.5 to 18 cm (0,6 to 7  in).

One year without food…

They are carnivores, mostly feed insects and spiders, and their favorite foods are cockroaches.  Sometimes they eat other scorpions! Suddenly they can eat a large amount of food and survive without  it even up to a year!

The difference between poisonous and non-poisonous…

In poisonous scorpions, the pliers are narrow, and the tail is thicker, while in the non-porous tail  it is narrower. Scorpions with large pliers usually have a weak poison, and large pliers serve him  for crushing food. All scorpions have eight legs and a pair of pliers.

The difference between the  sexes is quite difficult to determine, although the females are slightly larger than the males.

Deadly tail…

Scorpions also have a long, slender and articulate tail that ends with a very pointed stinger, and  that spine is directly related to the toxin gland. As the scorpion moves, it keeps the tail bent over the body.

When the shack plunder with its pliers, it bends its tail and then stabs  with venomous stinger.

Scorpion under UV lightUV light…

It is interesting that all scorpions glow with fluorescent green glow when exposed to UV light.

Reproduction…

Reproduction takes place so that the male leaves the sperm on the ground and the female inserts it  itself into the sexual opening. The male leaves the sperm only when finds a good place, and this can  last from one to even 25 hours! It is born of 6 to 90 youngsters a few millimeters long.

Still, most  scorpions get eight youngsters. Small scorpions after birth are on the back of their mother and stay  there for about a week, or until they change their skin for the first time.

Emperor scorpion pet…

Of all the types of scorpion, the Emperor Scorpion is usually kept as a pet. It is not particularly  dangerous, unlike some other types of scorpions. It could be compared to the bees in the intensity of  pain. These scorpions are very large, with their length of about 15 – 24 cm, just because of their  size they are popular as pets.

Deathstalker stingDeathstalker scorpion…

Deathstalker Scorpion is probably the most widely known scorpion. Its poison makes a cocktail of very  powerful neurotoxins that cause intense and unbearable pain, followed by lump, paralysis, and  ultimately death.

Fortunately, although the sting is very painful, it is not enough to cause the  death of an adult, healthy man. A more risky group is children, the elderly, and the heart patients.  It can found in North Africa and the Middle East.

Arizona scorpion…

It is not the most poisonous, but is the most dangerous because it injects large quantities of  poison. It is a small light yellow scorpion and can only be found in the Arizona area. The Arizona  scorpion is a relative of a species living exclusively in Mexico, and this species can kill a man in  one hour.

The poison of blue scorpion…

The blue scorpion can be found on Cuba and it is named after a blue tail, with a notorious stinger.  Ingredients of its toxins have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects, which extend the  life of cancer patients, pain relief and sometimes reduce tumor tissue (According to research by  Mexican scientists).