SCORPION

ryan davidson period 3 5/16/16

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Habitat

A good place to find a scorpion is in a desert, but can be found in other places around the world. You can also find them in rain forests, grasslands, and even hibernating in the winter. Scorpions can be found even in Hawaii. There are 5 colonies of scorpions in England, possibly carried over by imported fruit from Africa. Scorpions live alone.

Movement

A scorpion has 10 limbs, 2 of them are the claws. The 8 legs are the limbs that make it walk. And it moves like you would imagine, it finds its way through the habitat with bristles on their legs to navigate through. The bristles are like sensors. These structures can also allow a male to find a female. Their fastest recorded speed is 12 mph.
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Body Covering

The scorpion has an exoskeleton that is tough. Their skins can molt 5 to 7 times until maturity. After molting the skin is soft and the scorpion has to stretch in order to be able to move when the skin hardens. Their colors can range from black, beige, and greenish. It's an invertebrate.
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Diet

A scorpion's diet can consist of insects, small reptiles, mammals and other scorpions. It can use its stinger to attack its prey. That makes it edible, because scorpions can only eat nutrients in liquid form. Scorpions are carnivores. They have been once reported to not eat for a year, but had to drink water.

Reproduction

Scorpions have a courtship dance, that when the dance is over, they find a spot to mate. Mating can be as short as an hour to as long as 25 hours. Fertilization is internal. The female can give birth 2 to 18 months after mating. The mother finds a place to give birth to the scorpions. Before giving birth and after mating, the female might eat the male. Baby scorpions are born one by one after mating. When scorpions are born they are with their 10-100 siblings on the mothers back for a week.
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Adaptations

One important adaptation is it's stinger. The stinger can be used for defense, weakening prey, and fighting rivals. It's legs have structures that can sense the ground and it's surroundings. It has 6 to 12 eyes on it's head to see all sides of it's area. It's predators are birds, lizards, and rodents. Another predator is us, that's right, you can eat 1 or 2.
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Other Info

. Can survive radiation from ultraviolet rays

. Venom is harmless to itself

. Commits suicide by stabbing itself

. Glows from radiation

. Communicates by snapping their claws

. Longest reported lifespan of a scorpion is 5 years

. Weight can range from 0.4-3.5 oz

. Size of a scorpion is 0.8 inches to 1 foot

. Conservation status is of least concern

. Can be used for insect control

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