Scorpion Life Cycle

Scorpions are different from other arachnids. Scorpions have slow development. It takes one to six years for a scorpion to mature. Typically, they may live from three to five years, but some can live for as long as 10 to 15 years.

When the eggs are fertilized, the female retains them inside her body where they develop. When the young leave the female’s body, they climb up onto her back. They are carried on the mother’s back and will remain there until their first molt. These nymphs will gain independence once they leave their mother’s back. After the first molt, the nymphs climb down and scatter. They will molt another six times until they reach maturity.

Scorpions are nocturnal. They hunt at night and use their venom to paralyze or kill their prey.

During the day, scorpions hide in burrows or debris, under wood, stones or tree bark, and under floors of buildings and in crawl spaces. They also dwell inside homes, in cracks and crevices of woodwork, behind baseboards, in closets and attics, and inside walls. They gain entry through poorly sealed windows and doors.