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Scorpion Babies Tail by melvynyeo Scorpion Babies Tail by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorpion
Unlike the majority of species in the class arachnid, which are oviparous, scorpions seem to be universally ovoviviparous. The young are born one by one after hatching and expelling the embryonic membrane, if any, and the brood is carried about on its mother's back until the young have undergone at least one molt. Before the first molt, scorplings cannot survive naturally without the mother, since they depend on her for protection and to regulate their moisture levels. Especially in species that display more advanced sociability (e.g. Pandinus spp.), the young/mother association can continue for an extended period of time. The size of the litter depends on the species and environmental factors, and can range from two to over a hundred scorplings. The average litter however, consists of around 8 scorplings.

The young generally resemble their parents. Growth is accomplished by periodic shedding of the exoskeleton (ecdysis). A scorpion's developmental progress is measured in instars (how many moults it has undergone). Scorpions typically require between five and seven moults to reach maturity. Moulting commences with a split in the old exoskeleton just below the edge of the carapace (at the front of the prosoma). The scorpion then emerges from this split; the pedipalps and legs are first removed from the old exoskeleton, followed eventually by the metasoma. When it emerges, the scorpion's new exoskeleton is soft, making the scorpion highly vulnerable to attack. The scorpion must constantly stretch while the new exoskeleton hardens to ensure that it can move when the hardening is complete. The process of hardening is called sclerotization. The new exoskeleton does not fluoresce; as sclerotization occurs, the fluorescence gradually returns.
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Lightningball Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Awww, cute little babies.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you! :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional
these are wonderful
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love how one can see their insides.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool shot, such detail!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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HHylst Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good subject for a nice photo !
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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thesimmsonian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is somehow extremely adorable.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Martyr94 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scorpios ROCK! And we get a cool animal!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Douglas85 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool and I like the term "scorplings" a lot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Daimera Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
babbiiiessss eeeeeee lookit their little tailsies and the little almost-stingers they're so adowibble. *saves as a ref for in-development scorpion tails for scorpion-tailed fictional race*
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
:)
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Gallanty Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow I find those tiny guys cute.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
:)
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