At PB Animal Adventures we take a range of wonderful creatures to children’s birthday parties, care homes, corporate events, schools and much more. We bring animal encounters to almost any event with an easy set up.
One of our scariest looking creatures is Sting the emperor scorpion, who is actually not as scary as he looks.
Find 5 things you didn’t know about emperor scorpions by reading our facts below.
1) Did you know Emperor Scorpions glow when exposed to UV light?
Scorpions tend to be nocturnal creatures, feeling vulnerable in the daylight. When exposed to ultraviolet, or UV, light at night, their exoskeletons glow, but scientists aren’t really sure as to the reasons why. There is a main theory that the glow is as a way to help scorpions find shelter in their dark environments. The exoskeleton develops several chemicals, including beta-carboline, that cause it to glow under UV light.
This glow is thought to develop with adult scorpions whose shell has hardened and developed. The scorpions tend not to glow when they are shedding.
2) Emperor Scorpions are not as dangerous as you may think.
Yes the scorpions do sting and this will hurt, however unless you are allergic to their venom, their sting causes very little reaction. They say that an emperor scorpion’s sting is 4 times that of a bee sting.
The emperor scorpion also will not use their stinger unless it is absolutely necessary and are more likely to use their pincers first.
The emperor scorpion is the most timid of all the scorpion species.
3) The only natural habitat you can find the emperor scorpion is in various regions of Africa.
They have been found outside of Africa in other countries; however this is thought to be the result of the pet trade.
4) Emperor scorpions have the ability to dig up to 6 feet down underground.
The reason for this is so they can find their dinner being termites. The scorpion will eat as much as it is able to store food.
The emperor scorpion is a little bit lazy and will often wait in the termite burrows for the termites to approach them before grabbing them with their pincers.
In captivity emperor scorpions will eat crickets.
5) Emperor scorpions are cannibals and have been known to eat each other.
This is more common with females who will eat their mates and their young; however males have also been known to do this, mainly during fights for their territory.
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