Scorpion

Scorpion

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scorpion (Opisthacanthus capensis). This scorpion, also known as a creeping scorpion, inhabits rock crevices and holes in trees. It is carnivorous, but not an active hunter, waiting until prey is nearby before thrusting out its large claws or the sting on its tail. Small prey, such as other invertebrates, are crushed to death with the pincers, while larger prey, such as small birds and mammals, are paralysed with venom. O. capensis is able to detect prey and predators through vibrations in the ground. Photographed in Uniondale, South Africa.

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