Of all the creepy crawlies on the planet, some of the most notable are scorpions. Scorpions are arachnids, which means they are similar to spiders, though there are some pretty obvious differences.
Scorpions have a hard exoskeleton, long whipping tails, and several eyes. These factors all combine to make them one of the more feared species on our planet. The sting of a scorpion is not an enjoyable experience, trust me, I’ve been stung by the worst one found in North America. Many have venom potent enough to even kill humans!
Let’s cut to the chase, you’ve heard of scorpions, and have possibly even seen one yourself, but here are 5 facts that you probably didn’t know about them:
1. Glow in the Dark
One of the coolest things I could possible share about scorpions is the fact that they shine brightly under a black light. In places where scorpions invade homes, black lights are used to find and exterminate the pests. I myself have used this method to catch 21 scorpions in one hour! (To make it worse, they were all in one yard!)
As mentioned above, I have caught more scorpions than most, and one thing that has surprised me is how little people notice them. This is largely due to the fact that scorpions only come out of their hiding places well after the sunsets.
Scorpions love deep nooks and crannies found in rocks and wood, and because of this, humans tend not to come across them very often.
3. Not to be Feared
Many people are deathly afraid of scorpions, and who can blame them, they look like something from a nightmare. The truth is, however, that scorpions aren’t actually all that deadly.
There are only around 25 species of scorpion that pack enough of a punch to kill a human, and even then, it would have to be a small child or someone of already poor health. To make the matter even better, only 1 of the 25 scorpions can be found in North America, it’s name: The Arizona Bark Scorpion. And it just so happens that this is the type scorpion I was once stung by!
4. Live Birth
If you’re like me, you’d probably believe that scorpions lay eggs. After all, that is what other arachnids and insects do. The truth is that scorpions actually give birth to live young. The baby scorpions come out and climb up on their mothers back until their first molt, then disperse.
5. Scorpions Have Long Lives
Bugs aren’t exactly known for their long lives, in fact, some of them only live for a few days. Scorpions, however, can stick around for many years. In captivity some scorpions have been known to live up to 25 years!
Of course, that is with care and nourishment, but even in the wild, scorpions have been observed to live up to 10 years long! Still an impressive lifespan for such a small creature!