This Fascinating Video Shows How Scorpions Choose Their Mates

As nocturnal creatures, scorpions are difficult to study – that is, until you take a trip to the desert and switch on an ultraviolet (UV) light. Regardless of breed, the scorpions glow under UV light. Recent studies have suggested that scorpions use the glow of their bodies to sense where light is; where there is light, they are vulnerable to larger predators in the open desert.

Their glowing bodies also help reveal how scorpions mate. In this video, two Tanzanian red claw scorpions lock heads and pincers in an intimate dance. Where the male touches the female with his mouth parts, the female tests his strength through grappling. The mating ends when the male succeeds in depositing his sperm on the ground and maneuvering the female over it. The dance can last for a few minutes or up to a day.

Learn more about these amazing animals and how they glow.

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