Scorpions are a group of arachnids that belong to the class Arachnida. There are about 1,500 different species of scorpion. They are found in nearly every land habitat except for Antarctica. Scorpions have eight legs and an exoskeleton made of chitin. The body is divided into two parts: the head and abdomen.
Scorpions are predators, using their pincers to catch insects, lizards and other animals that they eat for food.
Scorpions live in desert areas because it is too hot for them to survive in other environments. They can go without water for up to five years if necessary and can survive being submerged under sand for long periods of time by sealing off their breathing hole with silk from their glands.
There are many adaptations that scorpions have evolved over time that help them survive in the harsh desert environment where they live:
They can go without water for long periods of time by sealing off their breathing hole with silk from their glands.
They can close off their breathing holes with silk when they burrow into the ground or hide under rocks or logs so that they don’t get too much sand in their respiratory system when they burrow deep into the ground or hide under.
Last modified: November 27, 2022