Facts related to Scorpions

Scorpions are one of the oldest animals on Earth. Their evolutionary history goes back to the Silurian era 430 million years ago. Their lifespan is not very long though. Scorpions usually live up to 8 years in the wild. Some species have a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Scorpions have excellent adaptation abilities. They are found on all continents with the exception of Antarctica. Scorpions are not insects; they are arachnids. Both belong to the same phylum (Arthropoda), but they belong to different classes (class Insecta and class Arachnida).

All scorpions are venomous but only about 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being. Mothers can attack and eat their young when no other food is available. Scorpions do not chew their food, they dissolve the tissues of their prey with digestive juices and aspirate the nutrients in semi-liquid form. Scorpion venom has properties that can treat heart diseases and even some types of cancer! Lizards, Tarantulas, and meerkats are just a few examples of their most common predators.

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