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Emperor Scorpion, Female.

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Female Emperor Scorpion protecting babies.

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Small pinchers for tearing prey and sensitive hairs.

Emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator)

Also known as Imperial Scorpion, this African scorpion is one of the largest in the world, the largest recorded scorpion measured 9 inches although average size is around 6-8 inches. Emperor scorpions are a very popular species to keep by hobbyists often available from captive bred specimens as it is now protected by CITES. Their sting is mildly similar to a bee sting although I was always careful not to get bitten by there large powerful pinchers. The hairs covering its pinchers and tail are very sensitive and used to detect prey by vibrations in the air and ground. I found them quite docile for my photography as this is one of the few scorpions that can be handled, but not recommended, and can be kept together in small groups. Best kept in a peat moss substrate with rocks logs and bark for the scorpions to hide. A black light will turn the scorpion a lovely green/blue colour, but a UV light should not be used as they will cause stress and eventually death. A lovely scorpion to keep as a pet, and it was amazing to see a female carrying and protecting its babies on its back for the first time.

Andy Newman Images©

Origin: Tropical rainforests of West Africa.

Habitat: Terrestrial / shallow burrowing species

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Baby Emperor Scorpions well protected on mums back.

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All pictures Plustek 7300 35mm Colour Negative Film Scans.

Temp: 75 to 82 F.Humidity: 75 to 80%. – Wide shallow water dish should be provided and light spraying.

Temperament: Docile and Calm.
Size: 6 – 8 inches. 
Longevity: 5-8 years.