A baby scorpion, born earlier this month, ventures out on his or her own.
PALM DESERT, Calif. (The Desert Sun) -- They're babies pretty much only a scorpion mother could love.
About 20 baby scorpions are now on display at The Living Desert - in an enclosure so you can enjoy being creeped out safely.
little arthropods were born the first week of August. After a week of
being carted around on their mother's back, they crawled off and are now
hunting for food on their own.
Aw, they grow up so fast.
are one of the most fascinating animals! A single female can produce
dozens of babies, up to 35, which we witnessed here with more than 20
born," says Sheila Lindquist, North American Animal Care Manager at The
Living Desert. "We're thrilled to be able to offer our visitors a
glimpse into the world of newborn scorpions."
The young Desert Hairy Scorpions, found in Southern California and
Arizona, are bright greenish-white and will eventually turn light brown.
maturity, they can be more than 5 inches long, the largest scorpion in
the United States, according to The Living Desert. On average, scorpions
live three to five years, but some species can live as long as 15
years. They typically eat insects.
are burrowers and also may be found under rocks, logs, sleeping bags
and other objects found around homes, which many Coachella Valley
residents have discovered.
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will be able to observe the creatures up close at the McManus Building
for as long as they wish without fear of being stung. Scorpion venom has
a fearsome reputation, but only about 25 out of more than 1,400 species
are known to have venom fatal to human beings, according to The Living
Desert. The sting of this species is pretty mild despite its size.
The McManus Building also has snakes, tortoises, spiders and lizards.
Living Desert, a zoo and gardens at 47-900 Portola Ave. in Palm Desert
dedicated to conservation and education, is on the summer schedule, open
from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the last admission at 1 p.m.
General admission is $17.25 for adults, $8.75 for children ages 3 through 12, and free for kids younger than 3.
For more information, call (760) 346-5694 or visit www.LivingDesert.org.