Class: Arachnids Order: Scorpions Family: Arthropods
Scorpions have eight legs, two lobster like legs and six regular legs used for walking. They have a flat and narrow body. They can be black, brown, or even yellow in color! They have a segmented abdominal tail which means it curves upward. Scorpions have a head shield. They are nocturnal which means they are active during the night. Scorpions are also carnivorous which means they eat meat. They are about ½ an inch to about 8 inches long.
|There are hundreds and hundreds of species of scorpions in the world. Scorpions are predators. Most scorpions live in desert like places. (warm, dry and humid places) Some live in grasslands, savannahs, forests, rain forests, caves and even around your home. But in the day time they hide in cool, dark places. Very few species live in cold places.|
Only 40 species of scorpions are found in the United States.
|The Little Southern Devil Scorpion is the scorpion found only in Georgia.|
|Most scorpions eat spiders, grasshoppers, bats, owls, mammals, birds, tarantulas, insects, centipedes, lizards, snakes, mice, and sometimes other scorpions. Scorpions only sting humans when they feel threatened.|
|If someone ever gets stung by a scorpion tell an adult immediately.|
|Scorpions have powerful venom. Their stings MAY be fatal, if you are allergic to scorpion venom.|
|Their scientific name is Hadrusus Arizonsis Fallidus. What a tongue twister!|