Scorpions feed primarily on small arthropods, insects and other scorpions, although some large species have been known to prey on mice and small lizards. Like spiders, scorpions are carnivorous arachnids. They feed opportunistically, meaning their diet changes according to what is available in a given place.Continue Reading
Scorpions are capable of eating relatively massive amounts of food in one eating session. This is due mainly to their low-activity lifestyle that requires very little energy, a very low metabolic rate, and a food storage organ that is highly effective. Those same characteristics also allow scorpions to go a long time without requiring food. In fact, some species can even live up to a full year without eating anything. Because they rarely eat, their excretion is minimal, and is made up of insoluble nitrogenous compounds.
Scorpions catch their prey using their pincers to either inject a venom or crush their victim. Their pincers have very sensitive hairs, which cause the scorpion to attack immediately when the hairs are stimulated. Scorpions digest their food externally, and can only eat it in liquid form. The scorpion excretes digestive juices onto its prey to turn it into a liquid, and then it sucks the food in, leaving behind any solid matter like fur, a shell or an exoskeleton.Learn more about Bugs
Centipedes feed mainly on small animals and insects. Some centipede species are scavengers and feed on whatever decaying plant or animal material they can find. Giant centipedes in South America have been known to eat larger creatures, such as frogs, mice and snakes. Centipedes in homes tend to feed on insects, as well as cockroach egg cases. For this reason, some homeowners choose not to harm centipedes.Full Answer >
Baby praying mantises eat prey that is similar to those eaten by adult praying mantises, including insects and other invertebrates. However, because the hatchlings are much smaller than the adults are, they must concentrate on much smaller prey species. Common prey for the youngsters include flies, mosquitoes, spiders, small larvae and grasshoppers.Full Answer >
There are more than 5,000 species of ladybugs and they are only poisonous to smaller animals such as birds and lizards. Ladybugs are not considered poisonous to humans. However, people that accidentally consume a ladybug find them foul-tasting.Full Answer >
The Sahara Desert is home to approximately 70 species of mammals, 90 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles and several different arthropods, such as scorpions and spiders. The dromedary camel is easily the most popular animal resident of the Sahara. Introduced to the desert around 200 A.D., the dromedary camel is well-adapted to the harsh Saharan climate, having the ability to last for weeks without any food or water.Full Answer >