S is for Scorpion #atozchallenge

Scorpionwithyoung

A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo CreditFemale Scorpion with young on her back

22 April 2017 – S is for Scorpion

Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs
They are found worldwide, they are not insects, they are closely related to spiders and ticks
Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being
Scorpions are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail

They are found worldwide, they are not insects, they are closely related to spiders and ticks
Tail often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back ending with a venomous stinger
They are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail
Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognized to date

Tail often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back ending with a venomous stinger
Scorpion stings are painful usually harmless to humans, treatment is not needed for healthy adults
Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognized to date
More harmful stings from species in South America, Africa, western Asia, may require medical attention

Scorpion stings are painful usually harmless to humans, treatment is not needed for healthy adults
They are generally nocturnal animals meaning they spend the day under rocks and in crevices
More harmful stings from species in South America, Africa, western Asia, may require medical attention
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.

They are generally nocturnal animals meaning they spend the day under rocks and in crevices
Scorpions are carnivorous animals and paralyze their prey, coming out to hunt in the safety of darkness
Female scorpions give birth to live young in litters, ranging from four to eight or nine baby scorpions
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.

Scorpions are carnivorous animals and paralyze their prey, coming out to hunt in the safety of darkness
Once the mating is complete, the male and female will separate. The male will generally retreat quickly
Most scorpions reproduce sexually, and most species have male and female individuals.
Sexual reproduction is accomplished by the transfer of a spermatophore from the male to the female

Once the mating is complete, the male and female will separate. The male will generally retreat quickly
The young are born one by one after hatching and expelling the embryonic membrane if any
Sexual reproduction is accomplished by the transfer of a spermatophore from the male to the female
The brood is carried about on its mother’s back until the young have undergone at least one molt.

The young are born one by one after hatching and expelling the embryonic membrane if any
The baby scorpion climbs onto the back of the mother scorpion almost immediately after birth
The brood is carried about on its mother’s back until the young have undergone at least one molt.
The mother scorpion will look after her babies until they are able to hunt for themselves

The baby scorpion climbs onto the back of the mother scorpion almost immediately after birth
They depend on her for protection and to regulate their moisture levels, cannot survive without her
The mother scorpion will look after her babies until they are able to hunt for themselves
Scorpions typically require between five and seven molts to reach maturity.

They depend on her for protection and to regulate their moisture levels, cannot survive without her
Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being
Scorpions typically require between five and seven molts to reach maturity.
Scorpions are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail.

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Interesting information

Some species of scorpions reproduce through parthenogenesis, a process in which unfertilized eggs develop into living embryos.

Parthenogenic reproduction starts following the scorpion’s final molt to maturity and continues thereafter.

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12 thoughts on “S is for Scorpion #atozchallenge

    • I bet it was, glad we don’t have them here if we do I have never seen one. It wouldn’t be nice having an infestation of them you never know where they are going to appear next.
      Thanks for commenting, have a nice weekend.

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  1. Fascinating creatures, Elsie… I saw a show about a scorpion mum; she had up to 100 babies on her back. It was amazing to see them scattering. Before I realised what it was, it/she/them just looked like a blob of nothingness; then turned into so many little scurrying babies! Quite scary, but wonderful…

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    • That was a lot of babies to carry on her back, yes it makes me squirm a little just thinking about it, but after all, humans carry babies on their back so I suppose it’s just natural for insects to do the same.
      It is wonderful how nature works to suit every situation.

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