Stinging Scorpions: A Shoe-Squatting Species
by Alexis Zubia-Torres, age 11
is always important to check your shoes before you put them on--you
never know when a scorpion might crawl into one for a quick nap!
Scorpions do not
want to eat us. In fact, they only want to eat spiders, insects, and
small vertebrates (animals with spines). Scorpions prefer to sleep
in warmer places, like shoes. If they happen to crawl into a shoe
without the owner's notice, the scorpion might get scared when they
see a large object approaching, such as a foot. This fear may cause
them to go into defense mode and use their stinger.
scorpions have stingers and poison glands that are connected by a
hollow tube. When scorpions sting, they use their muscle to squeeze
poison down from their glands into the victim. Smaller scorpions use
their poison to paralyze their victims because their pincers are too
weak. Then, they eat their victims. Not every scorpion's venom is
deadly, but they are all still dangerous, especially to young
often get a bad reputation due to their tough exterior and their
ability to sting and pinch. But they do not want to hurt us, they
only want to defend themselves. Scorpions, as creepy as they may
seem, are truly fascinating.