Imperial Scorpion

Pandinus imperator
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Imperial Scorpion
Imperial Scorpion

Although they look black in colour, imperial scorpions are actually a deep bottle green when viewed in strong sunlight. They live in the leaf litter of the rain forest floor and although they are one of the largest scorpions, they are less venomous than some of their smaller cousins. 

The young are born white in colouration and seek protection by riding on their mother’s back. After a short period, their exoskeletons harden and darken in colour. This is when they venture off alone to find food. At this stage, if they do not leave, their mother may feed on them herself!