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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

How Do Scorpions Look After Their Young?

A new family of scorpions goes for a walk (Image Wikipedia)

Despite being ruthless killers, scorpions have a caring side. Young scorpions are very well looked after. The scorpion females, who usually produce anywhere from 14 to 100 young in just one litter (depending on the species), do not lay eggs. Instead, the young are born alive in semi-transparent sacs. Once the young free themselves from their “sacs”, they climb onto the mothers back and remain there until their first molt several days later, after which – now capable of stinging – they descend and go off alone.

It takes about one year for the young to reach maturity. Depending on the species and environmental conditions, scorpions can live for 3 to 5 years! 

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