Unlike the cuticles on your fingers, which are made of hard or dead skin, the cuticle on a scorpion is a part of its exoskeleton.
In fact, scientists have found that even fossilized scorpions glow under UV light.
Do all scorpions glow?
All scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light, such as an electric black light or natural moonlight. The blue-green glow comes from a substance found in the hyaline layer, a very thin but super tough coating in a part of the scorpion’s exoskeleton called the cuticle.
Does UV light hurt scorpions?
Lighting and UVB: UV lights will harm the scorpion, causing stress and ultimately death.
How do Scorpions look at night?
Scorpions are easy to find. Just go into the desert in the middle of the night, and switch on an ultraviolet (UV) light. Under the beam, scorpions glow a vibrant blue-green, lighting up like beacons against the darkness.
Why do scientists use a blacklight to find scorpions?
Some think they use it to dazzle their prey because many animals can detect ultraviolet light. And some say that glow is a kind of sunscreen, which doesn’t make much sense because scorpions are nocturnal.
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