There are a number of types of scorpions found all over the world. Of the various types, most are known to sting their prey. Scorpion species number over 1500. All scorpions are members of the class known as arachnids. Other members of this class include spiders.
Types of scorpions vary based on their size, habitat and other factors. Scorpions, like the lesser brown scorpion and the black scorpion, live in tropical regions. The lesser brown is common to Hawaii, while the black is found primarily in Asia.
Scorpions are prevalent in the desert regions of the world, and a number of types can be found in the U.S. The sand scorpion, hairy sand scorpion, and the bark scorpion are three types of desert scorpions that live in Arizona and parts of the southwest. The bark scorpion is the deadliest scorpion species in the U.S. One of the most dangerous scorpions in the world, the red scorpion, lives in desert areas and prefers arid climates. Although it is extremely dangerous, the red scorpion is one of the smallest scorpions.
Some of the largest scorpions can be found in subtropical regions around the world. The emperor scorpion is extremely large, over 8 inches in length. Its size, however, isn't an indicator of its danger to humans. It is one of the least harmful species with a weak sting.
There are also some types of scorpions that are eyeless and live in caves. These rare scorpions are often lacking in pigment and are albino, due to the fact that they live in dark conditions. A large number of these scorpions have been found in caves in Mexico.
Another scorpion, known as the whip scorpion, doesn't sting its prey. It releases a spray from glands near the rear of its body that is acidic and smells like vinegar. These scorpions are sometimes called vinegaroons in the southwest.