Not so long ago, folks seeking to keep scorpions were limited to one or two species that were collected from the wild. Happily for us, (and for wild scorpion populations!) today 15-20 species are captive-bred in large numbers, and hobbyists are working on others. Possibly the first creatures to leave the ancient seas for land, and little changed since then (well, one change – prehistoric scorpions could top 1.5 meters/5 ft in length!), the world’s 2,000+ scorpions range in size from .7 – 21.5 cm (.3-8.5 in) and may be found in deserts, rainforests, meadows, forests, backyards and big cities.

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