interesting scorpions facts

October 20, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

Scorpions have existed since the Silurian period, 420-450 million years ago.

There are almost 2,000 scorpion species, but only 30 or 40 have strong enough poison to kill a person.

Scorpions grow from 2.5cm to 20cm in length.

All scorpions can inject poison from the sting at the end of their tail.

Female scorpions give birth to live young and look after them by carrying them around on their back.

Scorpions can also be found in the sea or more correctly, the beach.

All scorpions “fluoresce” under ultraviolet light.

Sometimes the female scorpion eats her mate.

Scorpions are for the most part nocturnal.

Some scorpions have up to 10 eyes, though they can’t see very well.

Young scorpions are more aggressive and likely to attack than older scorpions. The average lifespan of a scorpion is anywhere from 2 years to 8 years.

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1 Response to interesting scorpions facts



June 21st, 2010 at 9:05 am

With sharp pincers, a venomous stinger and an abundance of creepy-crawly legs, the scorpion is a tiny real-life monster that lurks under your bed and in dark crevices. And its fearsome reputation is well-earned. More than 800 people die from scorpion stings in Mexico each year

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