South Hills High School's live mascot "Scorpia," a scorpion who lives in an office terrarium, is giving birth today. School officials did not know she was pregnant when they aquired her less than a year ago, but they noticed she was getting chubbier a few weeks. The gestation period for a scorpion is 10 to 18 months and a mother scorpion can produce 15 to 40 offsprings. Some scoripons have had up to 100 babies at once.
South Hills Lead Science teacher Cheryl Morton says baby scorpions immediately crawl onto their mother’s back and stay there, leaving only at mealtime for the first few weeks. At birth, they are white and stay that for up to a year before slowly turning black, she said.