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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scorpion's are classified as arachnids, they share this category with spiders and mites. They have eight legs and are considered nocturnal (most waking activity is at night) arthropods. Scorpion's are also considered venomous invertebrates ( they lack a backbone). Over 1,200 species of scorpions exist worldwide and are found in almost all geographic locations. Scorpion's are not considered insects, but they do feed on insects. This is their primary food source. A small percentage of scorpion's have a deadly sting, but of those who do, the venom secreted is quite toxic to humans. In the United States, scorpion habitats are mainly in dry, arid environments like the great deserts. but are found in almost all U.S. states.

Spiders and Things/Melton/p. 71

krishna-agrawala | Student

Scorpions are neither reptiles nor insects. They belong to a class animals called arachnids, which are small insect like land animals. Arachnids differ from insects in several respects. Unlike insects they do not have wings. Also their body is divided in two main parts - abdomen and cephalothorax, in contrast of three parts (abdomen, thorax and head) in case of insects. Also arachnids have four pair of legs but no antennae, as compared to three pair of legs and a pair of antennae in case of insects. Arachnids belong to the phylum arthropoda.

Arachnids include species of animals like scorpions, spiders, mites and ticks

faria49 | Student

Scorpions are arachnids, so they're neither insects or reptiles.

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taangerine | Student

A scorpion is neither a reptile or an insect, but an arachnids. 

atyourservice | Student

Scorpions are arachnids like spiders.

ik9744 | Student

Scorpions are neither, they are a type of species called arachnids.

crystaltu001 | Student

Scorpions are neither insect or a reptile. They are part of a species called arachnids

Jyotsana | Student

Scorpions is not a insect or a reptile. They are arachnids.

Yojana_Thapa | Student

They are neither insects or reptiles. They are classified as arachnids.

crazypete | Student

Scorpions are arachnids which comprises spiders, harvestmans, mites, solpugids, whipscorpions, windscorpions and pseudoscorpions. A scorpion is an arachnid: it has eight legs.
A more precise classification of scorpions is that they are in the Order Scorpiones of the Class Arachnida of the Sub-phylum Chelicera of Super-Phylum Arthropoda which belongs to the Kingdom Animalia.

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