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Do scorpions lay eggs?

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Scorpions do not lay eggs but give birth to live young. Unlike the other arachnids that are in the United States, scorpions carry their eggs inside of their body and give birth to live young.

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The way that scorpions go about their entire reproductive process is unique to them. The process starts with the mating dance that is performed by nearly every type of scorpion. Due to the fact that scorpions could potentially kill each other, they generally do not touch while mating other than on their pincers. The male scorpion lays a sperm packet down and "dances" the female around to pick it up. She can then wait up to a year before fertilizing it.

Once the female has decided to fertilize the sperm packet to create babies, she will keep the eggs inside of her stomach until they are ready to be hatched. The eggs will be "hatched" in her stomach, much like the embryonic sac that is found in humans and other mammals, before the female is ready to give birth. She will then give birth to live baby scorpions. Like other arachnids, scorpions have large amounts of babies at once. They will generally give birth to around 100 scorpions, which they will carry on their backs for the first 1-3 weeks of their life, or until the first time that the babies molt.

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