Scorpions live in all states of the continental U.S. However, they prefer desert climates and are concentrated in states like Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. They are also found in southern California and North Carolina. Outside the U.S., they are found in Brazilian forests, British Columbia and even the Himalayas.
Scorpions are arachnids, which means they are related to spiders and ticks. They're notable for their pincers and their long, curved tails, which have a venomous stinger at the tip. They don't see well and depend on their sense of touch. Scorpions are largely nocturnal and hunt small insects and spiders and occasionally small mammals, birds and reptiles.Learn More
Baby scorpions are less than an inch long at birth. They ride on their mother’s back and do not eat or drink until their first molt which occurs several weeks after birth. During this time they are entirely dependent on their mother to protect them and regulate their moisture levels.Full Answer >
Scorpions breathe by using their lungs, which are located in the underside of their belly and which include four pairs of lungs. The most common scorpion species, which all have these four pairs of lungs, are the brown scorpion, desert scorpion, marbled scorpion and wood scorpion.Full Answer >
Scorpions do not lay eggs but give birth to live young. Unlike the other arachnids that are in the United States, scorpions carry their eggs inside of their body and give birth to live young.Full Answer >
Of more than 1,000 species of scorpions, only 25 are considered dangerous to humans. The most dangerous is the Indian red scorpion, according to National Geographic. It lives primarily in India and east Pakistan but, as of 2014, also has been found around Nepal and Sri Lanka.Full Answer >