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Flat Rock Scorpion

Order:

Scorpiones

Family:

Hemiscorpiidae

Group:

Hadogenes

Lifespan:

25 to 30 years

Gestation:

6 months, 30 to 60 live young

Distribution:

Southern Africa

Habitat:

Rocky outcrops

Diet:

Insects, spiders, smaller scorpions, snails and slugs

Conservation Status:

Not Classified

 

Facts

The Flat Rock Scorpion Hadogenes troglodytes is one of the largest and heaviest scorpions in the world, weighing on average 35 grams and usually measuring between 15 and 20 centimetres in length! They are often claimed to be one of the longest scorpion species in the world.

They prefer to ambush their prey, using their flat body to squeeze into cracks in rocks and grabbing any unlucky critter that passes by. Their bodies are actually so flat that on first look you might think they've been stepped on!

 

 

Did you know?

They prefer to use their claws to squeeze and crush rather than using their tail to sting- they are very powerful so don't get nipped!