are scorpions reptiles or insects

Are Scorpions Reptiles or Insects?

The debate between whether scorpions are reptiles or insects has been going on for years. Generally, scorpions are more closely related to arachnids, such as spiders and ticks, than either reptiles or insects.

What is a Scorpion?

A scorpion is a predatory arachnid with eight legs, two claws (also known as pedipalps), and a stinger on its tail. They range in size from a few centimeters to nearly 20 centimeters in length, and they can vary in color from black to brown and even yellow. They are mostly nocturnal, but some are diurnal (active during the day) as well.

Are Scorpions Reptiles?

No, scorpions are not reptiles. Reptiles are cold-blooded, have scaly skin and typically have four legs. Scorpions, on the other hand, have eight legs, are venomous, and are not cold-blooded.

Are Scorpions Insects?

No, scorpions are not insects either. Insects have three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen); six legs; and usually two antennae on their heads. Scorpions, on the other hand, have eight legs; no antennae; and two claws (pedipalps) instead of the insect’s mandibles.


Although they are not part of either the reptile or insect groups, scorpions are important parts of their respective ecosystems and many species can be found around the world. Whether they are deemed arachnids, insects or reptiles, scorpions are fascinating creatures that spark numerous debates and conversations.

Key points:

  • Scorpions are arachnids, not reptiles or insects.
  • Reptiles have scaly skin, four legs and are cold-blooded.
  • Insects have three body parts, six legs, and usually two antennae on their heads.

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