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Yellow Fattail Scorpion
(Androctonus australis)
by Jon Fouskaris

Yellow Fattail Scorpion
Specimen provided by Jon Fouskaris.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       This scorpion is considered to be one of the world's most dangerous species. The venom from the Yellow Fattail Scorpion is strong enough to kill an adult man within two hours, and there is no anti-venom available in the United States. So handle with caution, actually, don't handle at all!!! Make sure the container it is in is escape-proof! The Yellow Fattail Scorpion is only for the most advanced keeper, and should not be regarded in any way a beginners' scorpion. This Androctonus scorpion species can be distinguished by it's dark brown to black color by the stinger, a feature which is not found on most other fattail scorpions. Besides the fact that it is responsible for the most human deaths out of all the scorpion species, the Yellow Fattail Scorpion is a relatively calm species when left alone. If it is not left alone, on the other hand, it can get aggressive. There is really no reason to keep a scorpion like this unless you are an avid collector. The Yellow Fattail Scorpion is not something to play around with, and beginners should definitely stay away from this species!
Range Deserts and scrubland throughout most of northern Africa.
Type Terrestrial.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, mealworms, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 2.5 to 3.5 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 75 to 80 F.
Humidity 65 to 70%. Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Aggressive and calm.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5 to 5-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 2 to 3 inches of sand, peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add rocks, or cork bark.
Other Names Black Tip Fattail Scorpion, and Yellow Desert Scorpion.

*Please note that ALL scorpions have a certain amount of venom. This species happens to have very strong venom. If you get stung by it, you may very well die. This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this scorpion. This scorpion is dangerous, so be very careful!

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