May 26, 2016 |
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Caring Scorpion Mother On a late afternoon Scorpion Walk we found a beautiful female turf-burrowing scorpion Cheloctonus jonesii with her young offspring. The young do not feed much at this stage, but absorb nutrients from the mother’s body. They stay within the protective custody of their mother until they moult for the first time. This period can last up to 14 days, depending on the species.
The mother is fierce in the defence of her young and the mother-child bond is maintained by scent. If a young scorpion falls off its mother’s back, she will gently pick it up and put it back again.
When the babies are this small, they are vulnerable to predation by geckos, skinks, spiders and birds etc. because of their small size,...