Saturday, November 24, 2012

Plastic Fat-tailed Scorpion

Not many of THESE in the Oregon Coast Range! WHEW!!

Our Plastic Fat-Tailed Scorpion Replica

Our plastic fat-tailed scorpion is an interesting toy or replica. Look at the lifelike detail. The body is dark, and you can see the reddish hue on the pincers, distinguishing it from other plastic scorpions. It also has a square, bulky tail. The exact shape is hard to see in this photo, but it makes this scorpion somewhat unique. Wouldn't our plastic fat-tailed scorpion be perfect in a diorama for a school project about scorpions, venomous animals, or various desert regions of the world? It also makes a superb educational toy. The fat-tailed scorpion has many realistic details that can teach children about arachnids, and it is flexible to minimize scratches to humans, so it can be used as a durable toy as well. This plastic scorpion can be held in your hand and we promise - it will not sting! The fat-tailed scorpion can be used to enhance reports at school, can be used by therapists for sand trays, or just carry the scorpion around in your pocket to entertain your friends. Check out our other scorpion and arachnid toys, gifts, and lifelike replicas.

About Fat-tailed Scorpions

Scorpions are found in warm regions. They are arachnids, and therefore more closely related to spiders than to insects. They are found not only in the desert, but also in forests. They spend much of the day under logs and leaf litter, and feed mostly at night on spiders and insects. Most scorpions are only painful to humans and are not especially dangerous, although a few can deliver a fatal sting. Children and elderly people are more at risk from their venom than strong, healthy adults. The approximately 2,000 species of scorpion vary widely in size, from about 1/2 inch to 7 inches long. Our plastic scorpion is most likely an artistic version of the Arizona desert scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus), characterized by a dirty light brown/yellow color and a black to brown streak on its back. People have collected scorpions and made a commercial product out of them in the form of paperweights and keychains by placing them inside moulded plastic. Because of this, they have become over-collected and are now "a CITES-listed animal, meaning scorpions could be threatened with extinction if exportation and other threats, such as development, are not regulated." [Wikipedia]

Fat-tailed scorpions are found in the arid and semi-arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa. The neurotoxin venom of this 4-inch-long scorpion can be fatal to humans, causing several deaths each year.

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