Large and interesting invertebrate for interactive bug parties and displays. It should be noted that this animal is venomous & that anyone who has a hypersensitivity to wasp/bee stings should be identified at any event – the venom has a similar effect upon the respiratory system & this group of people are inevitably more at risk of anaphylactic reaction.
One of the largest scorpion species, with adults reaching around 20cm in length. The Emperor originates from West Africa and they can live for 6 – 8 years. Like all scorpions the Emperor has a venomous sting but the effect on humans is usually milder than a bee sting. They tend to rely on their large and powerful claws to overpower their prey of insects and small animals. Due to over collecting specimens from the wild Emperors are now protected under CITES 2.