People usually run away when they see a scorpion. But did you know, Scorpions are really cool reptiles! Did you know that they have the ability to glow in the dark? If you want to check for scorpions in an area, all you have to do is switch on some UV light and you'll see the scorpions glowing in blue-green. Scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light or simply natural moonlight. Just today a YouTuber @taylorndean shared a video of her pet scorpion. She put her pet under the UV lights and the scorpion began to glow and didn't look black anymore. ‘They Did Surgery on a Grape’ and Now There Are Funny Memes on It Ruling the Internet!
Take a look at the video.
did u know scorpions glow under black light? pic.twitter.com/cMSYAvND48
— taylor nicole dean (@taylorndean) November 25, 2018
Some of the reactions are hilarious!
the gothic lobsters have style https://t.co/sk49QMuT8i
— KYRA NOT KYRA (@http_kyraa) November 25, 2018
Weird flex but ok
— Julian Zhang (@DiceKpls) November 25, 2018
Why do scorpions glow in the dark?
The part of scorpions' exoskeleton is a very thin but extremely tough layer called the hyaline layer. A substance found in that layer gives away the blue-green colour out under the UV lights. The scorpions do not have a skeleton inside but outside and that is called the cuticle. However, when the scorpion molts or sheds its shell, it stops glowing for some time und=til it gets its new cuticle hardens like before. Scientists believe that the substance causing the fluorescence only comes across after the hardening process.
While there is so solid evidence to why the exoskeleton grows, some of the theories believe that it protects scorpions from sunlight or helps them find each other or confuse their prey.