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March 12, 2002

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Description: Scorpions are arachnids. They have eight legs; each leg has tiny claws. They have a hard exoskelton and not an internal skeleton. The stinger at the end of the tail injects a paralyzing poison into the prey. Scorpions also have a pincher-like appendages used to grab and subdue prey. They range in color from black to brown to tan to red

Diet: insects and small rodents are the main food of this meat-eater

Breeding and Young: Scorpions give birth to large litters of live young, who quickly climb onto the mother's back after birth. The mother cards for the young until they are able to hunt.

Interesting and Unique: These animals have been on earth for over 400 millions years. Scorpions have tiny sensory hairs that protrude from their exoskelton. Comb-like sensors on the bottom of the body also give the scorpion information about the environment.

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