Emperor Scorpion Description

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Emperor Scorpion Description

Post by kathleen richar » Fri, 12 Feb 1993 10:24:32



from "Arachnomania ..." (see previous posts):

EMPEROR SCORPION (Pandinus imperator)
Scorpionidae
This is the largest living species of scorpion.  It is a forest
dwelling species which forms burrows.  In the wild, a favorite
diet is millipedes.

Size
***s can reach a length of nearly eight inches (20 cm) and can
weigh more than 60 grams.  As with many species of scorpions, there
is considerable variation in the size of Pandinus imperator.
Some are "giants" which will come close to attaining the large
size reputed for the species while many others will remain within
a normal range of four to six inches.  These differences may
be attributed to several factors including environmental conditions,
diet and possibly genetic variations among populations.

Sexing
In Emperor scorpions, differences in the size of the pectines are
the easiest way to sex specimens.  Compared to a female, the male's
pectinal teeth will be significantly larger.

Origin
Most imported animals are from Togo or Ghana

Growth
The Emperor scorpion reaches *** maturity after 6-7 molts which
can require 3 1/2 to 7 years.

Longevity
Probably shorter in males than in females.  5-8 years and possibly
longer.

Emperor scorpions should be kept on barely moist peat moss or
dampened vermiculite several inches deep to allow them to dig
burrows.  The temperature should be 78-85F.  Shelters should be
provided.  They can be kept in groups.  They will breed readily
in captivity.

In the wild, the mother-offspring association may last for several
months or years, and offspring may remain with the family group
as ***s.  In captivity, the young are best raised with the mother.
Food should be regularly available to reduce the probability of
***ism.  If raised with their mother on a slightly moist medium
that allows for burrowing, one has a good chance of raising young
from this species to maturity.   ....  (although molt problems in
young animals can lead to death - my comment, also discussed in the
book)   p.73-74

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