Despite their reputation, most scorpions do not set out to attack people. They are nocturnal and are more active at night, wandering around for prey. Because of this, many human campers shake out their sleeping bags before bed as well as their shoes before putting them on the next morning to avoid accidental close contact. During the day, scorpions rest underground. They can be found in leaf piles, under wood stacks and stones. They may venture into homes (in cellars or crawlspaces).
Their natural prey consists of spiders and other large insects. The stinger on the tip of the abdomen, or tail, is used to inject the poison and kill its victim. It may also aid in pinning the victim down until it dies. The pincers of the scorpion are used to grab and pull prey apart. Males use these two weapons against other intruding male scorpions.
During mating, the male and female will clasp each other's claws and dance. Females can give birth to 25 - 80 babies, one at a time, a few months after mating. Lighter colored baby scorpions are vulnerable and reside on their mother's back for about 4 weeks until they reach their molting stage. They will shed their exoskeleton for a larger, more durable. They leave their mother after the process is complete.