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Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion
(Ophistothalmus walberghi)
by Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by Frank Somma

Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion

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

       The Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion is quite an impressive species! Between its' huge size, its' bulky appearance, and its' curious coloration, the Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion makes a great showcase scorpion. The common name, of course, derives from the three main colors that make up its' exoskeleton: mahogany, tan, and yellow. A Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion can be rather aggressive at times, therefore a first-time scorpion keeper may want to bypass this species, but if you can be a careful beginner, go for it. When keeping the Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion, remember it is for looking, not touching, even though these scorpions do not have extremely toxic venom like some of their northern cousins. There are about 35 species in the genus Ophistothalmus, and of these, 2 or 3 species appear in the pet trade. The Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion is one of them. Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpions are not rare, but they can be harder to obtain than other common species. Whether you have hundreds of scorpions or you don't even have one, the Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion can turn out to be a good purchase, with a little bit of caution.
Range Found throughout southern Africa.
Type Burrowing.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 4 to 5 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature Around 80 F.
Humidity Around 70%. 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 or 10-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.
Substrate 3 to 4 inches of peat moss, or potting soil. 
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add rocks, or cork bark. 
Other Names Walberg's Tri-Color 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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