Glowing Predators Invade!

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As the weather changes in our part of the world, we are noticing changes in the variety of species we see. One species that is more noticeable is the scorpion. There are many different types of scorpions living throughout the world. In the Sonoran Desert, we have several different species.

In the past couple of weeks, we have some close calls in our classroom.  We are lucky to have a space outside our classroom to use as some extended learning spots.  Mrs. Fraher has some bean bags and a couple of desks out there for us to use when we collaborate with others.  Unfortunately, scorpions (and other critters like geckos and spiders) love to hide under those bean bags.  Several times we have been buddy reading and find a scorpion sitting next to us.  Hmmm, maybe he was enjoying the story!

Here is a picture of the curious scorpion: (just a little one, but those are the scariest!)

Scorpion that was listening to our reading. He scurried away when he found out we were onto him.

Here is another scorpion that was crossing the road.  Why did the scorpion cross the road?  It was so big that Mrs. Fraher saw it from far away, stopped her car, and took some pictures with her phone.

This scorpion was six inches from stinger to pincher! Don’t you love the shadow it makes?

Some facts about scorpions:

They eat spiders, insects, and small animals.  There venom paralyzes the prey.

A cool fact is that when they are babies they hitch a ride on their mother’s back.

Their enemies are lizards, roadrunners, and hedgehogs.

They reproduce by laying eggs.

There are 45 species of scorpions found in Arizona and more than 2,000 in the world.

Check out this site for more information:  Scorpions 


Think about the scorpion that was crossing the road.  

Come up with a good joke and share it with us.



12 thoughts on “Glowing Predators Invade!

  1. YIKES!!!! I can not beleive you had a scorpion so close to your reading area!!! They still freak me out. I guess they are a part of life here and we have to expect to see them … anywhere!!!

    Great and interesting facts about them though. As much as I don;t like them, they are pretty facinating!

  2. Fortunately for me I have lived here for 6 years and have never seen a scorpion since I arrived. However a long time resident here told me, It’s most likely because I have a cat. Scorpion’s venom has no effect on cats therefor a cat can hunt them with no ill effect’s. I am from Michigan where we don’t have scorpion’s I don’t know, perhaps someone else knows for sure?
    Pat Sexton

  3. Dear Mrs Fraher and class
    I love your posts about the desert, and your life there, it is just so different to our cold, wet, rainy corner of Northern England! It is so hard for us to imagine sitting out with reading buddies in the sun, let alone with scorpions! There are no scorpions in England, except in zoos. Right now when we go out, the temperatures are around 5 – 10 degrees C, and we’re all wrapped up with scarves and hats. Today 2 of our breaktimes were indoors because of the lashing wind and rain!
    Thanks for your scorpion facts, they’re great.
    Our favourite road-crossing jokes are all about hedgehogs (do you have hedgehogs?)
    Why did the hedgehog cross the road?
    To see his flat mate… groan.
    Mrs Monaghan & Class 2, A Room with a View

  4. That is one insect that I really do not like and hope to never meet. They scare me to pieces. It was facinating to learn about them from this blog.

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  6. Dear Emma,

    I always enjoy receiving a post from you. It is exciting to see a student as young as you become involved in blogging. I hope you can keep visiting my blog. Do you have any great ideas on what I can do another blog on? I am working on a Valentine blog post choosing what my class did for Valentine’s Day and then I am going to do one about reading (what a good reader looks like, etc.). What do you think about that?

    Mrs. Fraher

  7. Dear Mrs. Fraher’s class,

    That was probably really creepy when you saw the scorpion. If I saw a scorpion I would be scared. When I was a little girl I saw a scorpion in my mom’s class. It was scary. My mom had a jar and what she did was she put a paper under the scorpion and put the jar over it and then picked it up. Then she tossed it outside. Did you think it was creepy?

  8. Dear Mrs.Fraher’s class,
    The scorpion video is awesome. We didn’t know that there are 45 species of scorpions.
    Aiden and Anthony

  9. Dear Mrs. Fraher’s class
    It is cool that you found a scorpion at your school. There are 45 species in the world. We also saw one at our school too.

    your friend,
    Donald and James

  10. Dear Mrs.Fraher’s class,
    That was so awesome! Was your class scared by the sound of it? There was a scorpion in our hallway once but it was not at all like the type that you guys had. Do you think that your teacher is going to see one again?

    Your friends,
    Eva and Darren

  11. Dear Mrs.Fraher ,

    We did not know that scorpions ate spiders . What kind of spiders do scorpions eat?
    Your friends,
    Caitlyn and Zoey

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