"There are around 2000 different species of scorpions and each species has its own species name, for example, the black emperor scorpion is Pandinus imperator. Likewise, the Asian forest scorpion is Heterometrus spinifer, and so on. Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognised by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Though the scorpion has a fearsome reputation as venomous, only 25 species have venom capable of killing a human being. While a variety of physiological, morphological, biochemical and ecological adaptations have allowed the scorpions to flourish on earth from the Silurian period (443 to 416 million years ago) onwards, the basic shape of the scorpion has not changed significantly Scorpions are found widely distributed south of about 49° N, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats except the high latitude tundra. They have been introduced by humans to England and New Zealand. Scorpions number about 1400 described species and subspecies, with thirteen extant families recognised to date. The taxonomy has undergone changes, and is likely to change further, as a number of genetic studies are bringing forth new information. This footage is part of the professionally-shot stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and Digital Betacam. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... wfi @ vsnl.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.