Last week, one of our star bug zoo residents passed away, Empress, the Emperor Scorpion lived a long life and made many students smile with amazement, she will be missed!
We will be introducing her replacement tomorrow at our first bug zoo for 2012, Klaus, a young male Emperor scorpion will be on display, he's big, friendly and will be doing his first handling demo. Please welcome Klaus our newest bug zoo resident!
The emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is one of the largest species of scorpion in the world, with adults averaging about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in length. However, some species of forest scorpions are fairly similar to the emperor scorpion in size, and one scorpion,Heterometrus swammerdami, holds the record for being the world's largest scorpion at 9 inches (23 cm) in length.The life span of the emperor scorpion usually ranges from 5 to 8 years of life when held in captivity.