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invertebrates

Asian Forest Scorpion

Heterometrus species

Small with Big Claws!

They are nocturnal, and like small, wet places to sleep. They are small, shiny and black with two pincer claws, called pedipalps.

About the Species

Many species

People often confuse black scorpions with Malaysian forest scorpions and while they are surprisingly similar, they are actually distinct and individual species.

Words From the Experts

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These bugs are awesome because one of their most distinguishing features is how they glow under UV light!

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Did You Know?

When they are threatened, Asian Forest Scorpions usually use their pedipalp (claws), which is capable of drawing blood, rather than their tail.

Facts

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Origin

India, Indonesia, and Malaysia

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Habitat

Humid subtropical to tropical regions

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Size

3–5 inches

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Diet

High protein insects

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Predators

Other scorpions

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Natural Defenses

Painful sting

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Reproduction

10 to 14 months

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Status

Unlisted

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Life Expectancy

Up to 7 years

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