Deathstalker Scorpion

Leiurus quinquestriatus

Reproduction

It involves a "romenade à deux." The male approaches a female and grasps her pedipalp chelae with his own chelae fingers. A dance then takes place, lasting several minutes until the male ejects a spermatophore on suitable substrate. In the next stage, the male leads the female to position her genital aperture over the spermatophore, and the female takes up the sperm. After that, they usually separate.

Classification order

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Arachnida

Order: Scorpiones

Family: Buthidae

Genus: Leiurus

Species: quinquestriatus

Habitat and Location

They live in the Oriental, Palearctic, and Palearctic regions and are found in northeastern Africa as far west as Algeria and Niger, as far south as Sudan, and as far west as Somalia.

They generally live under rocks or in abandoned burrows of other animals. They also create their own burrows about 20 cm below rocks.

Size and Weight

Mass: 0.04-0.09 oz

Length: 3.15-4.33 inches

Feeding

It usually eats small insects, spiders, centipedes, earthworms, and other scorpions. Scorpions detect and capture prey using their sense of touch and by utilizing vibrations. They hide and search for prey or wait in ambush. When they capture prey, scorpions use their larger pincers to crush and draw prey toward the mouth.
DeathStalker(Leiurus quinquestriatus) Feeding

Predators and Defense Against Them

Deathstalkers are usually preyed upon members of their own speices and by other scorpions. Other invertebrate predators (centipedes) and vertebrates also prey on deathstalkers.

Movement

They have the ability to climb trees and don't usually jump

Behavior

They are very aggressive and usually fight each other for food, so they don't work in groups and are never social.

They don't keep their mates, just go back to living in solitary.

Evolution

They are similar to spiders because they are in the same class, so they have eight legs and more than two eyes. The facial structure is the same as a spider as well.

Endangered Status

They are not endangered in any way

Extra Facts!

  • They can live up to 25 years
  • They communicate through vibrations and touch
  • They are one of the most dangerous scorpions on earth because of their potent venom