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Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion
(Opistacanthus apser)
by Jon Fouskaris

Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion

Specimen provided by Frank Somma.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       The Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion is a rare and unique scorpion species. In the wild, they are found in Acadia Trees because they are full of holes and other hiding spaces. They block themselves from predators by putting their pinchers together as a shield when they are hiding in their holes of tree bark, piles of wood, or whatever they can squeeze into. This is an attractive species of scorpion, that has weak venom and a good temperament. They will pinch you though, if they are given the opportunity, so watch out. The Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion has a shiny black body with yellow legs, hence the name. There are not many specimens of this species in the United States. Few collectors have the true Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion. It has potential to be an excellent beginners' scorpion, if it wasn't so hard to obtain. It it also good for most advanced keepers, because it is so hard to obtain. Overall, the Yellow Legged Creeping Scorpion is a great species of scorpion for any collector!
Range Moist forests in parts of South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Type Terrestrial.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 2 to 3 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 85 to 95 F.
Humidity 78 to 82%. Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Semi-docile and calm.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.
Substrate 1 to 2 inches of peat moss, potting soil, vermiculite, or wood chips. 
Decor Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. 
Other Names N/A.

*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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