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EMPEROR SCORPION

Scientific Name: Python regius
Order
Scorpiones (scorpions)

Family
Scorpionidae (emperor scorpion)

Habitat & Range
Emperor scorpions are native to Western Africa. They prefer temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees and inhabit tropical rainforests and open savannas.

Identification
Perhaps the largest scorpion in the world, the emperor scorpion averages 8 inches in length and weighs an average of 60 grams. The front part of the body is made up of four sections, each with a pair of legs. The tail is long and curves back over the body. It ends in the large receptacle containing the venom glands and is tipped with a sharp, curved stinger. Sensory hairs cover the pincers and tail, enabling the emperor scorpion to detect prey through vibrations in the air and ground.

Diet
In nature, scorpions will eat any animal smaller than themselves including small mice, lizards, crickets and moths.

Reproduction & Lifespan
The emperor scorpion will mate any time year-round, however warm temperatures are required for mating. The gestation period is 7 to 9 months and the female gives live birth to about 35 young. The babies are carried on the mother’s back.

The average life span of an emperor scorpion is 8 years.

Fantastic Fact
Seen In a New Light
The segments of an emperor scorpion’s body are connected by white membranes. When placed under an ultraviolet light, they fluoresce a shade of light green or blue.

 
 
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