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            Common emperor scorpion

            Pandinus imperator

            Emperor scorpions live in the rainforests of West Africa. It is one of the largest scorpions in the world. It is a carnivore.

            Emperor scorpion behavior and facts

            • Adults eat ground-dwelling insects and small animals; young eat fruit flies and small crickets.
            • Their venom is mild.
            • Emperor scorpions hunt at night. They use sensory hairs on their body to make up for poor vision.
            • Scorpions defend themselves against predators with their large claws.
            • Emperor scorpions rarely burrow, but instead hide under logs or rocks.

            From birth to death

            • Lifespan: 5 to 8 years in captivity
            • Vital statistics
            • Length: 10 to 12 inches


            • Endangered per CITES Appendix II.

            Scorpions, the Oregon Zoo and you

            Emperor scorpions live in the Insect Zoo. They eat beetles, crickets and mealworms.

            Emperor scorpions are popular pets.