While walking down the trail at night on our #NatureDoodlewash, I’ve run into this little scorpion. This freaky little creature has been around for over 430 million years and since its extremely sensitive to light, you’re most likely to encounter one when its dark. Which is truly terrifying. Although all scorpions are venomous, we are supposed to take comfort in the fact that only 30-40 of them with venom strong enough to kill you. The fact that even one kind could do that is enough to make me want to run and hide. They are closely related to ticks, mites, and spiders, so that tells you something right there.
The young are called Scorplings, which is admittedly rather cute, but still doesn’t make me want to pet one. You’ll find them on every continent except Antarctica due to their amazing ability to adapt and survive some of the harshest climates. But they do require dirt at a bare minimum since they like to burrow down into things. In an effort to test their ability to survive practically anything, researchers have even frozen a scorpion overnight. The next day, they put the likely pissed off frozen scorpion back in the sun and watched as it slowly thawed and walked away.
I’ve luckily never encountered one of these things while out hiking. And for that, I’m infinitely grateful. But like all creatures with unique abilities, I have to be impressed with their strong will to survive. Granted, they’ve got a huge evolutionary head start on us humans, but I still don’t think I could even survive a day without air conditioning. So cheers to this little invincible creature of the night. I’ll stick to sketches and virtual hikes with scorpions, though. I’m pretty sure I’d lose quickly in a fight, and I don’t particularly like the sound of my screams.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!