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  • Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones

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  • They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger
  • Scorpions range in size from 9 mm / 0
  • 3 in
  • (Typhlochactas mitchelli) to 23 cm / 9 in
  • (Heterometrus swammerdami)
  • The evolutionary history of scorpions goes back to the Silurian era 430 million years ago
  • They have adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions and can now be found on all continents except Antarctica
  • Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognised to date
  • Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being
  • The taxonomy has undergone changes and is likely to change further, as genetic studies are bringing forth new information

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