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Many scorpions live in sandy deserts. These kinds of scorpions have small hairs on their legs. The hairs form combs. The combs help the scorpions walk on top of the sand. The scorpions do not sink. They can push themselves forward.

Scorpions use venom to catch prey. They also use it to fight off other animals. Scorpions arch their tails over their bodies. Then they strike. They may sting more than once. Scorpions control how much venom is in each sting. The venom makes prey unable to move.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a scorpion in real life? If so, what did you do? If not, what do you think you would do if you saw one?


Have you read books about other animals that live in the desert? How are they similar to or different from scorpions?


Scorpions have stingers. What other animals have stingers? What do they use them for?

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