The Watermelon Scorpion was found in 1679 by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle. It is found on one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos called Isla Rosa, meaning pink island in English because of the pink sand which is a result of microscopic sea creatures and pollen from the Phalapsos Schilleria orchid meaning “pink pollenator” that mix with sand and create a pink color. This island has an area of 484 square km (226 sq mi) and an altitude of 845 m (2976 ft). It’s greatly known for its pink in color inhabitants such as the Watermelon Scorpion and flamingos. The Watermelon Scorpion got its name from its pink color that is an evolutionary change from its beige color thousands of years ago to camouflage with the sand and venomous sting that produces a watermelon like smell due to the diet of watermelon which is its primary food source because of its abundance on the island and the water in the fruit, along with other insects and small animals such as mice. The Rosa Isla is the only island in the Galapagos where watermelons grow. The scorpion chips away at the watermelons rind with its tough and sharp pedipalps (pinchers). Watermelon Scorpions range in size from 16mm to 20cm. They are reclusive and remain hidden in the rocks around the shore, only to come out to hunt. They are among the most dangerous species of scorpions and are capable of killing humans. The Watermelon Scorpion’s habitat is one of the most remote and hard to reach places in the world because of the surrounding sharp and tall rocks (500 ft above sea level), in turn all the victims that have been stung by a Watermelon Scorpion died before they could get help. Because it's so rare, the scorpion is also an exorbitant eat. The consumption of watermelon gives it a sweet flavor, that is often fried or boiled and added to caribbean cuisine.
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