On Wed, 04 Sep 2002 13:02:24 -0400, Evan
>Okay, when i say emperor scorpions i mean those black ones you see in
>petstores...arent those Emperors? Anyhow, at the bookstore whre i
>work, they have a "book of poisonous animals" with a hefty scorpion
>section, and they list the emperor as poisonous and possibly
>fatal!...I was always under the impression that those things stung
>like bees--painful but not dangerous unless you're allergic. can
>someone clear this up?
This is a good scorpion resource:
From what I understand, it's very confusing to use anything but the
latin names for scorpions, as common names tend to spread along many
species from region to region. For example, _Centruroides
exilicauda_(Wood, 1863), (a synonym of _Centruroides sculpturatus_
(Stahnke, 1940)), the "Arizona deadly scorpion" is also called the
"Bark Scorpion", a name also used for some less *** types in the
south eastern part of the US.)
Does your book refer to _Pandinus imperator_ (Koch, 1842) as the
Emperor Scorpion? That's the big black one with the big pinchers that
you usually see in pet stores, and it is ideal pet material as it has
impressive looks, good temperment and very mild venom. While all
scorpions are venomous, only a small number of them are dangerous to
things that aren't little like insects.
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