25 Cool Scorpion Facts Most People May Not Be Aware Of

Posted by , Updated on November 11, 2015

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Some scorpion facts only serve to make us aware of how scary these creatures can appear. In fact, few people like these little guys, finding them anything from disgusting to downright traumatic. But the bad reputation of scorpions is entirely undeserved (similarly to that of some spiders as we show here in our 25 Adorable Spiders That Are Not As Scary As You Think). With these 25 cool scorpion facts we hope to show you the reality of how awesome these arthropods actually are. Scorpions are amazing creatures with astonishing abilities. You might know that scorpions have eight legs, two large crab-like pincers and a tail that ends with the notorious venomous stinger. You might have also heard something about their extraordinary adaptation skills. But did you know that Scorpions are highly resistant to radioactivity? How about the fact that scorpions have been on this planet relatively unchanged for over 400 million years? Keep on reading then because you are about to see how truly spectacular scorpions actually are. From the fact that scorpions are known to glow when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light to the fact that although they resemble crustaceans like crayfish and crabs, scorpions are actually more closely related to ticks, mites and spiders, these are 25 cool scorpion facts most people may not be aware of.


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Scorpions are used in the pharmaceutical industry. In Pakistan, for example, farmers in the Thatta District are paid about US$100 for each 40 gram scorpion. 60 gram specimens are reported to fetch at least US$50,000. The trade is illegal though.

ScorpionSource and image: en.wikipedia.org
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In some parts of China, fried scorpions is a traditional dish. In Chinese medicine, scorpion wine is even used as an analgesic and antidote.

fried scorpionSource and image: en.wikipedia.org
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To reach its adult size, a scorpion molts up to 7 times. During the first hours after molting, the scorpion is particularly vulnerable to an attack as the new body armor takes some time to harden.

scorpion moltSource: factsanddetails.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org
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While the emperor scorpion is generally considered the largest scorpion species, it is the Heterometrus Swammerdami scorpion that holds the actual record for being the world´s largest scorpion ever found at 9 inch (23 cm). This species lives in Sri Lanka and India.

Heterometrus SwammerdamiSource and image: en.wikipedia.org
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Some scorpion poisons are 100,000 more powerful than cyanide. What makes the death rate relatively low is the fact that the dose of venom injected by scorpion is usually very small.

scorpion stingerSource: factsanddetails.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

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