- Oct 6, 2016
Obviously the two weapons serve the same function, but they do it in completely different ways. A tarantula's fangs are very strong and function by aggressively stabbing into their prey, crunching straight through the exoskeleton or skin. And that's it. If the fangs can't penetrate the exoskeleton, there's not much else the T can do. But a scorpion's stinger, on the other hand, has very little stabbing power. It can't penetrate the shell of a cockroach very easily. When a scorpion stings, it only just puts the very tip of its stinger into the prey. The stinger's effectiveness comes from it being lethally accurate. We've all seen a scorpion wiggle its tail around, nudging the prey and moving it all over the place, then stinging in a seemingly awkward position. That's because the scorpion is feeling around for a chink in the exoskeleton. We've all seen at least a few of those Japanese bug fighting videos before, and as upsetting as they are, they can be interesting. There are several videos of scorpions being pitted against crayfish or lobsters, and the scorpion always stings the lobster exactly on a chink in its arm. I think it's cool how different tarantulas and scorpions can be. Let's discuss.