Scorpions are opportunistic feeders, so they wait for their food to come to them rather than hunting or seeking it out. They do this so they don’t have to waste a lot of energy. Scorpions are carnivorous and eat in a way similar to spiders, meaning they feed on other insects or other scorpions. Like preying mantis and black widows, sometimes after mating females may express their cannibalistic tendenencies and eat the male. Even during times when food is scarce, scorpions do not seek it out but instead slows its metabolism. At that rate they can live off eating one insect per year. Like an extensive hibernation, scorpions can remain completely inactive for 92-97 % of their lives.
Scorpions are closely related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Many believe that scorpions are just found in the desert. This is not true. Scorpions also live forests, British Columbia, North Carolina and can also be found in the Himilayas. They have been around for hundreds of millions of years. They are adaptable arthopods who have unimaginable adapting and survival skills.
There are 2,000 species of scorpions. Out of the 2,000 species, about 40 have strong enough poison to kill a person. This bug is a carnivore and has a lifespan of three to eight years. The average scorpion is 2.5 inches long and the largest one ever found is 8.3 inches long. These bugs eat insects but their diet can also be extremely variable which is key to their survival.
Scorpions are tough! Many are able to slow down their metabolism which makes them capable of living off of one meal for one year. They are also know to be able to survive being in a freezer overnight. They are durable and such skills enables them to survive through the toughest conditions and environments.
Scorpions are carnivores and feed mostly on insects, but will eat small mice and lizards, too. They have three main ways of catching their food. One, they hide and wait for their prey to come to them. Two, they stalk their prey. Three, they dig a hole in the sand and wait for their prey to fall through. Once their prey is captured, they crush it up with their pincers and inject an enzyme that dissolves its insides. Scorpions do this, which may take an hour, because they can only suck liquid due to their small mouths. Scorpions don’t eat very often. They can slow their metabolism down to one third its normal rate, enabling them to survive on 1 insect per year! This is not typical, however, and usually eat every couple of weeks.
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