Netflix Showcases Grasshopper Mouse Immune To Scorpion Venom This one doesn't end the way you'd expect. Inspired by the Netflix documentary series "Night On Earth," we learn everything we can about a mouse and scorpion who do battle on the regular — from two scientists who study them: Ashlee Rowe at the University of Oklahoma and Lauren Esposito at the California Academy of Sciences.

If you have Netflix, you can watch the critters clash about 18 minutes into the episode 'Moonlit Plains' here.

Read more about Lauren's work with scorpions here, and Ashlee's work with grasshopper mice here. And you can learn more about grasshopper mouse vocalizations from Northern Arizona University's Bret Pasch here.

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Mouse Vs Scorpion: A Mind-Blowing Desert Showdown

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Mouse Vs Scorpion: A Mind-Blowing Desert Showdown

Mouse Vs Scorpion: A Mind-Blowing Desert Showdown

Mouse Vs Scorpion: A Mind-Blowing Desert Showdown

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Bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda or C. sculpturatus) and the Northern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys leucogaster). Craig K. Lorenz/Science Source; Tom McHugh/Science Source hide caption

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Bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda or C. sculpturatus) and the Northern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys leucogaster).

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This one doesn't end the way you'd expect. Inspired by the Netflix documentary series "Night On Earth," we learn everything we can about a mouse and scorpion who do battle on the regular — from two scientists who study them: Ashlee Rowe at the University of Oklahoma and Lauren Esposito at the California Academy of Sciences.

If you have Netflix, you can watch the critters clash about 18 minutes into the episode 'Moonlit Plains' here.

Read more about Lauren's work with scorpions here, and Ashlee's work with grasshopper mice here. And you can learn more about grasshopper mouse vocalizations from Northern Arizona University's Bret Pasch here.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn, with image help from Max Posner.