25 Cool Scorpion Facts Most People May Not Be Aware Of

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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There about 1750 different scorpion species with 13 extant families known to scientists.

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All scorpions are venomous but only about 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being.

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Scorpions are one of the oldest animals on Earth. Their evolutionary history goes back to the Silurian era 430 million years ago. They evolved from giant scorpion-like creatures that emerged from the sea and have remained morphologically unchanged until now.

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Their lifespan is not very long though. Scorpions usually live up to 8 years in the wild.

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Scorpions have excellent adaptation abilities. They are found on all continents with the exception of Antarctica.

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