Habitat: Rainforest and wet savannas of Africa
Diet: Mainly insects, but will also eat small mammals, birds, lizards, and other scorpions
Size: Can reach up to 8 inches in length
Classification: Class Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, etc.); Order Scorpiones; Family Scorpionidae; Genus Pandinus
Scorpions have eight legs just like spiders, plus two pincher claws.
There are over 1000 species of scorpion and all have venom. However, only about 25 species are known to be able to kill a human. The Emperor Scorpion is not one of those.
At the end of the tail is the stinger bulb, which carries the venom. The scorpion will inject the venom into its prey or catch its prey in its pinchers and crush it.
Scorpions eat mainly insects, but are opportunistic eaters and can eat other items as well, such as small mammals, birds, lizards, and even other scorpions.
Emperor scorpions are nocturnal and will hide in burrows during the daytime. They come out at night to feed.
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