How Many Legs Does a Scorpion Have?


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Scorpions have eight legs and two body segments. The legs are connected in four pairs to the first body segment, called the cephalothorax or prosoma.

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Scorpions are arthropods. They have two body segments: the cephalothorax and the abdomen, also called the opisthosoma. Sensory structures in the legs work with sensory hairs and brush-like structures called pectines to help scorpions find their way. In addition to legs, there are two eyes on the top of the prosoma. Two to five lateral eyes are located along each side of the prosoma. A scorpion's eyes are the most sensitive of all arthropods, but scorpions do not see well. Instead, these eyes detect movement and light changes.

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