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Emperor Scorpion

Pandinus imperator

Scorpions are arachnids, along with spiders, mites and ticks. There are around 600 species of which this is one of the largest, growing to 20cm (8 inches) in length.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 20cm
Weight: Up to 30g

habitat

Habitat

Emperor scorpions live in the humid bush and forests of western Africa.

diet

Diet

Their diet consists mainly of other arthropods (invertebrates with jointed legs) such as grasshoppers, crickets, moths, flies, ants, termites, beetles and spiders.

behaviour

Breeding

Scorpions are ovoviviparous (incubate eggs internally then give birth to live young) and the young spend their first days or weeks on their mother’s back. They attach with suckers on the tips of their legs.

threat

Conservation

Although not evaluated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this scorpion is listed on CITES, a convention which limits international trade in this species.

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