It scuttled and scurried across the burning sand, its mandibles gnashing. Armor clattered as it swiped the unfortunate spider up with its huge, sharp pincers, mandibles ready to dig in. This terrifying beast is the scorpiones, better known as the scorpion. They range from the size of a slice of cake to the entire cake, but don't underestimate the smaller ones, for they can be the most deadly. Around since the dinos, scorpions are still here to bug us or charm us today.
Scorpions, Scorpions, and more Scorpions
1,500. That's the approximate number of scorpion species that live on Planet Earth today. All of them have some venom, of course, but only 50 or so have strong enough venom to actually be able to kill you. Most of them live in the Middle East, Australia, and deserts like the Sahara and Gobi. The most poisonous scorpion, the Deathstalker scoripon, lives in the Middle East. There is a lot of argument whether the Deathstalker is the most poisonous, or the Indian Red Scorpion is. In truth, the Deathstalker is more poisonous, but the Indian Red stings much more people, according to studies. Both of these nasties, and all the other killer nasties belong to the Budithae family. The more poisonous scorpions are the smaller ones. Because they are smaller, these guys make up for size with its highly dangerous venom. So if you want to meet a scorpion, hope that it's big.
In Arizona, there are over 45 Scorpion species. The most common one there is the most poisonous in the area, being one of the scorpions that can kill you.
1, 500. That is the approximate
The bigger, the better. Sometimes it's true, sometimes it's not. In the case of scorpons, its true for us, at least. If you're a person who absolutely despises these little guys, and would rather have a small one than a big one, be warned. The smaller the scorpion, the more likely it is to belong to the Budithae family. One of the biggest scorpions in the world, the Heterometrus Swammerdami, is the true biggest scorpion in the world. Most people say that the Emperor scorpon is the largest, but the Swammerdami beats him by a few centimeters. Since it is so big, the Swammerdami's venom is almost harmless to us, but their pincers could probably take off a finger. Emperor scorpions are also very popular pets. Pet scorpion, anyone?
The Big, the small, and the deadly
A gazillion years ago, dinosaurs roamed the land. Not Barney, but the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Most dinosaurs lived on land, however. In the sea, some of the oldest things in existence lived. Sharks, sea reptiles, and the scorpion’s primordial ancestor, the sea scorpion, called the Pentecopterus. It was longer than the average human male’s height. Living 467 million years ago, these sea scorpions were far more deadly than their present-day forms.
Since Neanderthals.. And longer
Another useful part is the chelicerae. The chelicerae is the scorpion’s mandibles. Scorpions can only eat liquids, so they use their chelicerae to rip up the prey, and liquidize it into bug juice. Most arachnids can’t eat solids, such as spiders and ticks. Scorpions are just another example of that.
Not-so Useless Parts: Part 2
Scorpions are not typically animals people like. Chances are, you don’t like them. I do. Anyways, most sane human beings don’t like touching and holding them. Scorpions don’t like us, either. They have an excuse; If someone the size of a skyscraper fried your Uncle Bob, you would be scared of them. That’s right; we fry and eat scorpions, and make them into juice. It’s a custom to eat scorpions in some countries. It’s us, the humans against an arachnid usually smaller than our hands.
We like them, We hate them, We eat them
Scorpions are used for medicine in countries such as China. Fried scorpion on a stick is a delicacy.
Scorpions aren't only in Greek Myths. In Egyptian mythology, scorpions were associated with evil. People prayed to the scorpion goddess Serqet for protection from scorpion bites. In an Egyptian story, the goddess Isis was traveling with seven scorpions, and asked a woman to shelter her for the night. The woman refused, seeing the scorpions. Isis then had all seven scorpions combine their venom, and sting the woman’s son. The woman begged for forgiveness, and Isis revived the son.
The Legends of Scorpions: Part 2
Have you heard the term “blind as a bat”? It should be the term, “blind as a scorpion.” Even with eight eyes, scorpions are blind as a bat. This is why they are able to go along by feeling vibrations in the ground. A certain set of vibrations may mean a feast, and another an early grave.
Hmmm... danger nearby? Nah...
How will the scorpion eat and drink in the desert? First of all, scorpions don’t only live in deserts. They can live anywhere. Second of all, like most desert creatures, scorpions have adapted to the lack of water. The desert variety can live on two bugs and a drop of water a year! The sewer variety gets more food and water around, so it needs more food. They're a bit more pampered than their cousins.
Hungry, Hungry Scorpions...
Scorpions are misunderstood arachnids, and people are often misinformed about them. As a result, people aren’t appreciative about some very beautiful creatures that just look frightening, like the scorpion. In some ways, scorpions aren’t very different from us. Just because they aren’t pretty doesn’t mean that they’re more evil than Lord Voldemort and Darth Vader combined. In fact, scorpions are pretty cool arachnids if you think about it.
Please don't hate us... We don't bite...
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Deathstalker scorpions are the world's most deadly scorpion. They have venom enough to kill an adult in just a few hours. They have very potent venom, but this is because Deathstalkers are quite small .
Heterometrus Swammerdami: 3/10
The Swammerdami is the world's largest scorpion. Due to its size, it doesn't need venom for food, as it can simply crush its prey between its massive pedipalps. The BIGGER the better.
Arizona Bark Scorpion: 7/10
The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the most common scorpion in Phoenix, Arizona. Unfortunaely for the Phoenix residants, the Bark Scorpion happens to be one of the deadliest scorpions in the area, being dangerous to children and the elderly. Its size is a bit larger than the Deathstalker.