By Anonymous - United States
Today, I learned that scorpions can apparently hold their breath for hours, and that doing so makes them angry. I found this out when I removed a scorpion from the bottom of my pool and found that it was not entirely drowned. FML
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  siickman  |  7

I read 11's comment in class and laughed out loud and got stared at for a couple of mins.. Just letting you know 11. It made people think i'm weirder than i actually am :x haha

  hunteer9  |  5

I love the response's that I got from my completely pointless and redundant comment. I just really wanted to see how people would make fun of me.

  JustKittyKat  |  24

And now I am wondering if scorpions can swim.
EDIT: I googled this shit.
Sadly every site I read didn't really add up with the previous.
What I can deduce from the (not very consistent) information, is that they can hold their breath for quite long. How long is debated. And apparently, they cannot swim.
If anyone has actual information better than what I found within a short search, please do share.

  SApprentice  |  33

23- I used to have an emperor scorpion. He got up to about seven inches long before he died. I don't know if he could swim, but he would lay down and half-way submerge himself in his little water pool. He'd slosh around and dirty up the water, then get back out and go to his den.

  djigsup  |  3

Scorpions actually have a defense mechanism where they can shut down almost all of there motor functions, almost in a trance or coma like state. They can remain in this state for quite a long while, and revive themselves when they are free from harm. I knew someone who put one in a cup of bleach for 4 months, when they dumped it out, the scorpion tried to crawl away!

  mikeofthunder  |  13

42 - I completely agree! Your friends need to re-think the ethical factors of their next experiment. But, at the same time, it's a pretty awesome discovery; I had no idea scorpions were so hardcore!

  Kallian_fml  |  21

23- I took some time to do a more extensive google search. From what I have read, they can't swim but they can hold their breath for about 6 hours, depending on the species.

Yeah, I had nothing better to do but read about scorpions...

  sierramott1  |  5

He probably put it there to kill it in the first place. And obviously he survived because that's how he figured out they can hold their breath for hours making them angry.

  djigsup  |  3

"Scorpions are strange animals. They can live for months on a single meal, slowing down their metabolisms until they're practically in suspended animation, yet can spring back to life almost instantly if they detect prey. They can be frozen overnight and thawed out the next day, none the worse for frost bite."


What if Scorpion had kids?
"Son, come here."
"No! You're just gonna yell at me again!"
"Damn it, Douglass, GET OVER HERE!!!"
"Eat your vegetables, Kathy."
"I don't want to!"

  SApprentice  |  33

36- From the scorpion's point of view, OP attacked him. OP picked him up, and in the scorpion's world that means death is coming. He was just defending himself.