When the Sands of Time were unleashed, Azad's previously harmless scarab population was also tainted. Growing beyond their original proportion, these beetles attack. Using pincers, Scarabs often attack the Prince and Farah on their journey. Capable of short flight, they are only a real threat when attacking in groups. They are usually dispatched by just a few sword strikes.
While the instruction manual for The Sands of Time states that animal Sand Creatures don't give any sands when killed, it is possible to retrieve Sands from a Scarab, by first stabbing it once with the Dagger of Time. When you have at least one power tank full, which will activate the freeze power.
Strike it once, and it will slowly fall to the ground, at which point you can retrieve it. This method, however, will not make you gain power tanks, as it takes two retrieves to fill a power tank and you only get one from each Scarab.