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Flat Rock Scorpion
(Hadogenes troglodytes)
by Jon Fouskaris

Flat Rock Scorpion
ADULT MALE
Specimen provided by Jonathan Leeming.
Photo taken by Jonathan Leeming.

       The Flat Rock Scorpion, supposedly the longest scorpion in the world, is a wonderful species for a beginner, intermediate keeper, or an advanced collector. It's a large, long-lived scorpion unlike any other. It's body is shaped to fit into the cracks and crevices almost any rock. Flat Rock Scorpions will almost never sting somebody, but will not hesitate to pinch. Certain people claim to handle their Flat Rock Scorpions, but you shouldn't go by those guidelines. There are many different color variations of the Flat Rock Scorpions. This may have something to do with the different locations the scorpions are caught in. Due to their high appeal, Flat Rock Scorpions are scorpions that dealers, pet shops, etc. try to obtain and breed. Flat Rock Scorpions are a common sight in captive collections, and those are some of the reasons why!
Range Most of southern Africa.
Type Terrestrial.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults feed on crickets, large insects, and an occasional pinkie mouse.
Full Grown Size 5.5 to 7.5 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 75 to 85 F.
Humidity 70 to 75%. Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Semi-aggressive and nervous.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 3 to 4 inches of sand, peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add rocks, or cork bark.
Other Names South African Flat Rock Scorpion.

*Please note that ALL scorpions have a certain amount of venom. Although most people are not affected by this species, some people may be allergic to the venom, or just more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation. This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this scorpion. Affects of this scorpions' natural defenses may vary between people. All scorpions should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don't want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!

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