Scorpions are a scary but interesting creature on land. Their curved up tail is not only a symbol of horror but an amazing watch for the eyes, of course for those who haven’t become the victim of scorpion’s venom.
Let’s have a look at these amazing facts about the scorpions.
Where Do Scorpions Live?
Scorpions are the soil dwellers. That’s why they are often found in desolate places like deserts, forests and loose soil beds. Places on Earth that are famous for being their habitat are British Columbia, Arizona, Brazilian rain forests, and different parts of Asia and Africa.
Usually, these arthropods don’t live in urban structures. But there are few species that can also live within urban settlements. During the construction of a building or demolition of a settlement, they migrate to more natural habitat. It is also common for people to find scorpions in their lawns and alleys lined up with plants and trees. They are also found on the banks of rivers, canals and water streams.
What Do Scorpions Eat?
Facts about eating habits and how do scorpions manage to survive in unfavorable conditions are also astounding. The tiny creature that ranges in size from 2.5 inches to 8 inches, is believed to have survived millions of years; surviving for such a long period is also one of the interesting facts about the sea turtles.
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They are among those few arthropods who can hibernate. In winter season or a time duration for which there is no food, these arthropods remarkably lower their metabolism and conserve the energy. Surprisingly, they become instantly active when they see a prey. Hence, a scorpion is always ready to attack any insect when it needs to have food. They can also survive on minimum O2 supply. Therefore, living beneath the frozen pools is not a big deal for them.
So how do air breathing water scorpions survive under the ice on a frozen pond?
Sitting away from the frozen surface, their inactivity in cool water reduces their O2 requirements. The bubble of air under its wings acts as a physical gill, topping up its 02 from the water pic.twitter.com/xIy113cpqX
— Pond man (@PondManUK) 5 March 2018
Types of Scorpions
Almost 2000 species of scorpions have been found on Earth, among them, only 30-40 species have venom that proves lethal. These arthropods differ in colors, size, length of tail and food they eat in a particular habitat. The scary sight they offer to the eyes is due to curved up tail and head that has two curved up antennae. The tail also carries a sting which is used to inject venom inside the prey or anyone at receiving end.
Human beings who become a victim of scorpion venom can eat raw garlic which has many benefits when taken with empty stomach. But, one should be careful enough for not being a victim of scorpion’s venom, as it can be lethal.