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the scorpion


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Some scorpions are very dangerous. The fat-tail scorpion which lives in North Africa is poisonous and can kill you. If you get stung by one of those, there is an antivenom available. This could save your life!

Often when a scorpion gets threatened it will lift up its tail over its head. This way it looks rather terrifying and most attackers will leave it alone.

Scorpions are arthropods of the class Arachnida and are considered relatives of the spiders, mites, ticks and harvestmen. There are approximately 1,300 species of scorpions worldwide. Scorpions live in many places such as deserts, grasslands and savannahs, deciduous forests, montane pine forests, rain forest and caves. 

Scorpions are nocturnal, predatory animals that feed on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, and other scorpions. The venom of scorpions is used for both prey capture and defence.

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websites about scorpions.





Try the online quiz before you tackle the assignment below.

Your assignment:

Locate a book in your library about scorpions and do a colourful write-up like the example below. Find out facts like size, where they live, proper names and if they are poisonous or not. Make fact boxes like on the example and decorate it.

Student work sample

example project sheet




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