Scorpions eating prey like crickets and centipedes

Saturday, March 5, 2011
large black scorpion

The Scorpions band were a bit of a one hit wonder but real scorpions? When they hit, you wonder where the nearest hospital is as 25 species have venom capable of killing a human being...

Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals and they like to eat grass hoppers, centipedes, spiders and have even been known to occasionally eat each other! They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pincer claws and the narrow, segmented tail, carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. By their looks alone, scorpions a tough, scary looking critters and their reputation is such that bad ass wannabes often adopt Scorpions as their brand. Or their band name.

Camel spiders are a favourite here at Animals eating Animals so we are a little sad to bring you this picture of one being eaten by a black scorpion:

camel spider eaten by a large scorpion

Below is some kind of cricket like critter meeting his doom. Either it's that or a very serious discussion about being a Democrat versus a Republican:

scorpion feasting on a cricket

The Centipede was caught by this yellow scorpion as he was putting on his 50 pairs of shoes....

scorpion dining on a brown centipede

 This picture shows why people often mock those who like to 'sit on the fence' before they make a decision - he who hesitates gets attacked and eaten by a scorpion.

Next up where have an interesting collection of colours where we have a purple scorpion eating a green grass hopper for lunch.

grasshopper cricket eaten by a scorpio

Occasionally it can be a little hard to find a cricket to eat in the desert so scorpions like to eat each other. Of course, they have a beer with each after and have a good laugh about it.

fighting scorpions eating one another

It's not all King of the Desert for scorpions, and sometimes they become the hunted, as seen here where this lilac breasted roller has managed to dodge a stinger to the eye and shown the scorpion who's who in the food chain.
bird eating a scorpion

And just to show you that scorpions do have a lil love for their own (when they are not eating each other that is), this scorpion mother was photographed carry her babies on her back. Apparently baby scorpions are born live.

hundreds of baby scorpions

So there you have it, a quick and dirty photo essay on scorpions and what kind of insects and critters that you might find them eating. Now that you know they have sharp stingers, you might want to check your boots next time you put them on after they've been outdoors for a while... or you might just end up as dessert. 


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