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3 Natural Predators Scorpions

Updated on June 25, 2014

What are the natural enemies of a scorpion?

Do scorpions have any natural predators that they have to keep an eye out for?

They are natural predators themselves, feeding on bugs, insects, spiders and even other smaller scorpions. Despite their (usually) huge pinchers and the well-known ability to deliver a painful sting, scorpions do have to watch out for enemies that will eat them if they get the chance.

In the following we will take a look at some of the creatures who like the munch and crunch of these poisonous arachnids for dinner

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Giant Centipede

Grasshopper Mouse

Meerkat

Large Centipedes

Centipedes are a close contestant to scorpions. That is, sometimes centipedes eat scorpions and vice versa. Some centipedes can get quite large, like the Peruvian Giant Centipede, which regularly reaches lengths of up to 12 inches! Like scorpions, they are arthropods and will eat pretty much any living thing that's smaller than them, including rodents, large bugs, and even small birds!

The way centipedes kill their prey is not by biting or stinging their prey as most people think they do. Instead they have tiny claws on their two front feet that injects venom into its victim. The venom either paralyzes or kills, depending on size and kind of the victim and the centipede.

Centipede Vs. Scorpion Fight

Here is a demonstrative fight of a centipede vs a scorpion someone put on youtube. Again, centipedes don't always win when pitting a fight against a scorpion. As far as these two carnivores go, it's eat or be eaten!

GrassHopper Mouse

The grasshopper mouse is one of the most aggressive species of mice in the world. This predatory mouse is considered a carnivore and feeds not only on scorpions, but also on other large insects / bugs, worms, other mice and even small snakes.

While the fact has not been proven yet, many people that these mice are immune to any scorpions and snakes' venom. However, there are some skeptics that say that the only reason they can survive and kill venomous critters is because their quickness helps them avoid to be bitten and the fact that their fir may be thick enough that the scorpion's sting doesn't really penetrate!.

Also notable is that these types of mice are extremely territorial, and if they feel their territory is threatened, they become quite ferocious. To defend their lands from others, they sometimes even howl like a wolf!

The below video is a great demonstration of what may happen if a scorpion or spider crosses paths with a grasshopper mouse!

Grasshopper Mouse vs Scorpion

The Meerkat

The meerkat is a pretty amazing animal. They're cute and look fairly harmless, and yet, when they're provoked or hungry then well... you'd better watch out! Especially if you're a scorpion, because meerkats love to snack on them!

Meerkats, a type of mongoose, usually live in groups of 20 - 50. These groups are typically called a clan, mob, or gang. These small mammals are mostly found in the kalahari desert, which is in the southern african region.

According to wikipedia, the native africans around this region also commonly call them the werewolf. And werewolves are believed to sometimes attack people who are alone ;P. While I find it hard to believe that meerkats will actually attack a person, they really are quite ferocious, as you'll see in the scorpion vs meerkat and cobra vs meerkat battle. Enjoy! ;)

Meerkat vs Cobra & Meerkat vs Scorpion

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    • AllThingsPotter profile image

      AllThingsPotter 3 years ago

      Cats will kill scorpions too, just for fun, which I appreciate, having once been bitten by one that was hiding in my shoe, before I learned to check them before putting them on. I've seen mine bat them around like kitty soccer balls, though if I get there first I try to remove their 'toy' while it's stunned.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Very interesting lens I'd never seen a Meerkat before either! I like Scorpions, we have one pressed into a big stone and have it sitting on our desk. Also my mom's horoscope is a scorpion, so she's pretty fond of them as well.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Fascinating!

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      dwelburn 3 years ago

      Fascinating and amazing information. I had never heard of a Grasshopper Mouse.