Scorpions are characterized by the great pincers, the pedipalps, with which they grasp their prey. They have four pairs of legs and a segmented tail ending with a sting characteristically arched up over the back. They prey mainly on insects, or other scorpions, but the large ones also attack lizards and snakes. The venom is very toxic. Most scorpions are nocturnal and live in deserts or rainforests, with some being arboreal. There are about 1200 species and they are slow-growing and long-lived.
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Centruroides vittatus: Scorpions
Photographs of this scorpion and information on its habitat, description and sting.
Checklist of the Scorpions of the USA
Lists all described scorpion species (Arachnida: Scorpiones) occurring in the USA; includes information, control, distributions, photos, and links.
Photographs, description, life history and habits.
Emperor Scorpion: Pandinus imperator
Photograph and information from ARKive including classification, status, description, range, habitat, biology, threats and conservation.
Information and images of scorpions found in the UK and the continent.
Introduction to the Scorpiones
A brief description of scorpion history, biology and taxonomy from UCMP Berkeley.
Larval Orientation in Scorpions
Warren Savary's technical article about the way scorpion moms carry their babies.
Discusses various scorpion-related topics, including photos and information of scorpion species from around the world, including those of medical importance. Contributors include systematists, ecologists, and enthusiasts.
Scott Stockwell's article about classification of scorpions in the Tree of Life project.
Description and biology of scorpions from Desert USA.
Photographs and general information including classification, habits and behavior and reproduction.
The characteristics of these creatures, their life cycle, feeding and habitat, with illustrations.
Scorpions from the Chihuahuan Desert Region of Mexico and the United States
Provides a scorpion species list, desert biology, zoogeography, systematics, publications, habitat photos and specimen images.
Scorpions of Southern Africa
Information about scorpions in Africa south of the Zambezi River.
Striped Bark Scorpion: Centruroides vittatus
Photographs and information on the natural history of this species.
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