Emperor scorpion specimen

Emperor scorpion specimen

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Credit: UCL, GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Emperor scorpion. Preserved specimen of an emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator). This is the largest of the scorpions, reaching a length of over 20 centimetres. It inhabits forests and savannah in tropical central Africa. Its tail is tipped with a ball-like segment called the telson, which contains venom glands linked to a sharp sting. This scorpion's sting is not fatal to humans, having an effect like that of a bee sting. The emperor scorpion feeds on insects, arachnids, small mammals and reptiles. Prey is held in the pincers, stung with the tail, and then eaten.

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