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Emperor Scorpion

Emperor Scorpion

Animal's Behavior

These scorpions are most active late in the day. It catches prey by using its large pincers and then striking with the stinger on the tip of its tail. Venom is said to be mild.

Eating Habits

They usually live near riverbanks and waterholes and hunt their prey at night. They capture a range of animals, including insects, arachnids, mice and lizards using their large pincers.


Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo.

Conservation Efforts

Popular scorpion in the pet trade, which has led to such over-collecting in the wild that it is now a CITES-listed animal.

Animal Facts

  • Despite their gruesome look, the sting of the Emperor Scorpion is mild, causing only localized pain which disappears after a few minutes.
  • Like most scorpions, they burrow underground and beneath rocks.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Pandinus imperator


Animalia, Arthropoda , Arachnida, Scorpiones, Scorpionidae, Pandinus, P. imperator

Place of Birth

Western Africa


7.5 inches




5–8 years in captivity

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