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The scorpion is a feared creature by many for its sharp pincers and its long stinging needle on its tail. Scorpions are an arachnid that has 8 legs.
Don’t worry, scorpions are not out to get you either. Their prey includes small insects, centipedes, and spiders. Unlike spiders, scorpions do not lay eggs and are viviparous. This means that they directly give birth to living young after the eggs are retained in the female body.
A cool fact about scorpions is that they can sometimes go up to a year without food!!
Crabs fall into the category of crustaceans. These creatures of the deep can range in sizes from the tip of your finger to the size of your body! Feared and enjoyed by so many, these animals have adapted extremely well for their environment.
Crustaceans have a hard exoskeleton. This skeleton is made of the same material in your finger nails called chitin. Hidden in their thorax is actually a tail! This tail was thought to shorten over hundreds of years of evolution. Within their stomach crabs have teeth that crush their food into a pulp for digestion.
So if you are every enjoying a crab, admire their evolutionary features that have made them such a diverse species in the deep around the world.