5 Interesting Facts About Emperor Scorpions

Emperor Scorpion

Here is a mummy emperor scorpion with some babies on her back

I like finding out about the largest kinds of animals in the world, so today I am writing about the emperor scorpion.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These guys are the largest scorpions in the world, growing up to 20 cm long.
  2. Emperor scorpions hunt at night, but they have very poor eyesight, so they use special sensory hairs to detect their prey, which includes termites, ants, spiders, other scorpions, mice and small lizards.  They use their powerful pincers to crush their prey and their sting is only used on larger prey or to defend themselves.
  3. At breeding time, the females give birth to 12-30 live young.  The babies are protected by the mother by riding on her back.  When the babies get big enough, the mother knocks them off her back and if they hang around for too long she will eat them.  She also sometimes eats the males after mating.
  4. The young are born white, but get darker every time they moult until they become black at the age of 4 months of age.
  5. Emperor scorpions are found in forests and open areas throughout western Africa.  Their numbers are dropping due to over-collection for the pet industry.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about emperor scorpions?

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