Scientific name: Pandinus imperator
What it looks like: Emperor scorpions are black in colour and feature a long curved tail and two large pincers. Uner UV light emperor scorpionsfluoresces a greeny blue colour.
- One of the largest scorpions in the world. Females carry the young on their backs, which are pearly white when born.
- Distant cousins of spiders.
- One of largest species of scorpion in the world.
What they eat: Termites.
Where they live: West Africa.
Habitat: Tropical forest and open savannas.
Prey: A wide range of species including insects, lizards and occasionally small mammals.
Average length: 20cm