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By Josie Whitehead



By Josie Whitehead


Who’s lived here since the dinosaurs

      And moved from sea to land?

You can find them living everywhere

     But especially in the sand.


They really like hot places

     And so the desert suits them fine,

But moving in to live with me?

    That’s where I draw the line!


A scorpion’s sting will paralyse

    And its victim stands no chance.

With its tail curved over body,

    It’s a warning, not a dance.


It’s a message to the likes of you,

     And to the likes of me,

That the scorpion’s feeling angry

     And it’s best that we should flee.


There is poison in his curving tail,

     And his pincers hold on tight.

If you’re the one he wants to eat,

     You will not win this fight.


We’re lucky being human beings.

     We’re too big for his meal,

Though the scorpion’s nasty little sting

     Will surely make you squeal!!  Ouch!

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NOTE:  Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs like their cousins—spiders, mites, and ticks. They can quickly grab an insect with their pincers and whip their telson, the poisonous tip of their tail forward and sting their prey. They use their poison to kill prey and to defend against predators.


Scorpions have been around since before the age of the dinosaurs, and scientists think they may even have been the first animals to move from water to land hundreds of millions of years ago. Prehistoric fossils of scorpions found in Scotland show that their appearance hasn’t changed over the millennia. They have, however, changed in size with today’s scorpions measuring half the size of their ancient ancestors.

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