A close cousin to spiders, mites and ticks, the scorpion is arguable the most dramatic member of the family. With its tough exterior and pain-inducing venom, the scorpion is not a pest to taken lightly. Of the 1,200 known varieties, all are at least a little dangerous to humans.
The scorpion is usually found in dry and desert regions. Its dramatically upturned, crescent-shaped tail is one of its most recognizable features. They can be dark in color, almost black, a reddish brown or perhaps even striped depending on the species. They can also be Scorpions have 8 legs and a pair of powerful pinchers at the front. They also have hair-like projections that are believed to be used for balance.
Scorpions take their food in liquid form and their primary food source is other insects. That means they have a potent venom. They are nocturnal so most bites happen when a person surprises the scorpion in its daytime hiding spot or when it’s out hunting at night. There is one species in the US that is considered very dangerous and many more that are merely harmful. The stings are very painful and someone who is allergic an suffer severe complications.
Scorpions give birth in the summer months and the mother keeps her young on her back till they have their first mot. They will hibernate in winter where temperatures drop below 50, often gathering in large groups to maintain a more constant temperature.
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