Life Cycle of Scorpions
Whereas most of the scorpions undergo the process of reproduction sexually, there are a few species that reproduce through a process where unfertilized eggs get developed into the embryos. This process continues throughout their lives for the purpose of reproduction.
Like humans and many other animals, scorpions give birth to an offspring, not an egg. They come out one by one to live. The offspring comes out and gets on its mother’s back for protection. In certain species, the mothers look after the offspring for a long time. The number of offspring that a scorpion can give birth to depends on the environment. Their numbers can vary from 2 to 100.
The offspring sheds its skin five to seven time before it becomes an adult. After becoming an adult, the new skin is very soft which makes it vulnerable. This is why it continuously keeps moving until the skin becomes hard. It would be hard for it to walk if the skin becomes hard when he stays stable.
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After becoming an adult the scorpions begin the search for another scorpion of the opposite gender. When a male scorpion locates and meets a female scorpion of the same species, the mating process begins. The mating process is done by performing a dance called ‘promenade à deux.’ After the mating is done, the male tends to run away from the female scorpion as she can become a cannibal and attempt to eat him, though it is not common in all the species.
Purpose of Scorpions in the Ecosystem
Scientists have discovered that scorpions have existed on Earth for more than 400 million years. Their ancient history has not yet been proved, but it is believed that they were aquatic beings who have evolved into terrestrial beings.
Long lifespan: Scorpions have some of the longest life spans in all the arthropods. They are known to live for 2-10 years in the wild, and up to 25 years in captivity.
Undergo slow evolution: The scorpions are known to be ancient creatures and they have lived on the Earth for more than 400 million years yet archeologists have found that the structure of scorpions hasn’t changed much. It is believed that the oldest species of the scorpions might have had gills and compound eyes.
Very adaptable: The skill to adapt to different situations is the key to survival and scorpions are the masters of this particular skill. They are capable of surviving a whole year without food. They can also survive in water for 48 hours. Their metabolism is too slow and they only require 1/10 of oxygen as compared to other insects.