Arthropod: Emperor Scorpion

By: Keyshawn Erskine

Its Many Names

  • Its scientific name and its common name are: Pandinus imperator and Emperor Scorpion
  • Others are scary scorpion, glow scorpion, and etc.

Habitats

  • It main habitats: tropical and terrestrial
  • Different places where they live are: Nigeria, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Congo region.

Physical Discription

  • Emperor scorpions are one of the largest species of scorpions in the world, measuring an average of 20 cm in length. The body of the emperor scorpion is shiny black in color with two huge pedipalps (pincers) in the front, four legs and long tail (telson) ending in a stinger. Emperor scorpions have special sensory structures called pectines behind their limbs for sensing features of the terrain. Males usually have larger pectines than females."Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator)", 2009) fluorescent bluish green appearance under UV light. (Rein, ed. 2009; Ross, 2009; "Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator)", 2009)
  • Emperor scorpions are one of the largest species of scorpions in the world, measuring an average of 20 cm in length. They also tend to be heavier than other scorpions, and pregnant females can weigh more than 28 g. Like other arthropods, emperor scorpions undergo multiple molts. Their venom is mild and mainly used for defensive purposes; they generally use thier huge claws to kill prey. Like other scorpions, emperor scorpions give off a Nigeria, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Congo region.

Feeding Habits

  • Its feeding habits are : carnivorous, mammals, body fluids, insects, terrestrial non-insect arthropods.

The Life Cycle of An Emperor

  • Unknown in the wild; no research done. Five to 8 years old in captivity.