Emperor Scorpion

Pandinus imperator
Emperor Scorpion with young
Did you know?: 

Emperor Scorpions give birth to live young that are white in color until after their first molt. Scorpion mothers take care of their young, carrying them on their backs for about three weeks until they get a bit larger.

At the EcoTarium

The EcoTarium is home to an Emperor Scorpion, Herman, a Red Claw Emperor Scorpion, Rojito, and an Asian Forest Scorpion, Olaf . By special appearance: our scorpions are program animals, so you will not find them on exhibit, but you may see them during our programs.

About Emperor Scorpions

Emperor Scorpions are commonly thought to be insects, but are actually in the same family as spiders, ticks and mites. Emperor Scorpions are unusually social compared to other scorpions. They occasionally live in small family groups of a mother and her offspring. 

Emperor Scorpions prefer to use their pincers to capture prey. They immediately pull the prey toward the mouth and will eat it either dead or alive. In the wild, scorpions eat a variety of invertebrates and vertebrates, including small lizards.

This species inhabits both African tropical forest and open savannas. The Emperor Scorpion burrows beneath the soil and hides beneath rocks and debris, and also often burrows in termite mounds.

Birds, bats, small mammals, large spiders, centipedes and lizards prey upon scorpions. However, the Emperor Scorpion’s chief enemy is mankind. Over collection has dangerously reduced their numbers in Africa. However, the captive population is thought to be extremely large.