Arthropods are invertebrate animals having exoskeleton (external skeleton), segmented body, and jointed appendages. Scorpions, butterflies, crabs, centipedes and many others are examples of Arthropods.
Arthropods can be found anywhere in the world. There are aquatic, arboreal and land-dwelling arthropods. There are thousands of arthropod species in the world. Let’s find out what species are amazingly extraordinary.
Have you seen a Horseshoe Crab? This creature is absolutely fantastic. It has a strange shell. It also has 12 legs and the color of its blood is blue. This real blue-blooded animal also has 10 amazing eyes that can see Ultraviolet Light.
Male Fiddler Crab has two uneven claws, a big one and a small one. The big claw is for fighting and the small claw is for eating.
Scorpions are deadly arthropods. These venomous critters kill more than 1,000 people annually. Scorpion mothers are not-so-good mothers. If young scorpions stay on the mother’s back too long, she might eat them.
Christmas Island Red Crabs are amazingly fantastic arthropods. Incredible it seems but there can be up to 120 million individuals in a swarm. They gather on the beach of Christmas Island to mate.
Krill are important diet to many aquatic creatures. One swarm of Krill can cover an unbelievable area of 173 square miles.
Male Giant Water Bugs are amongst the most loving and caring fathers in the animal world. They carry 700 young on their back.
Cockroaches are said to be the inheritors of the planet Earth. Why did they say so? Cockroaches can survive heavy doses of radiation, poison and nine days without their head.
Wetas are great and amazing survivors. They can stay frozen for months without frostbite, even when all heart and brain activity ceases and it loses 99% of the water in its body.
Some species of Caterpillars can disguise themselves as bird droppings and snakes to fool predators.
Smell can kill. A species Millipede smells so bad that it can kill a mouse.
Mantis Shrimps are amazing marine creatures. Their eyes can see stuff you can't even imagine. Mantis Shrimps, like Archerfish, are amongst the sharpshooters in the animal world. They could beat the best gunslingers in the west with their strike.
The Decorator Crab’s mobile home is sea floor bits.
With certainty, you wouldn’t want to be a male Mantis. Why? The male Mantis becomes the female’s meal when mating. That's sexual cannibalism.