Scorpions are flattened crablike creatures that have ten legs and an enlarged upturned tail that bears a stinger. They typically live outdoors and range in size between 1 – 4 inches in length. Scorpions commonly live a long life cycle usually ranging from 3 – 5 years. The young will climb on the back of the mother until the end of the first nymphal stage. Females are often cannibalistic and will eat their own young. Scorpions are very capable of stinging, but usually only sting when provoked or disturbed. The venom contained in the stinger is a neurotoxin, but the dose injected is usually an insufficient amount to prove fatal. However, the site of the sting can remain sore and swollen for a long period of time. Scorpions are very nocturnal and prefer to hide under boards or similar debris to provide shelter. They are also found under homes or in the attic. They feed on insects and spiders.
April 30, 2010 by Kurt Dimeler