SOUTH AFRICAN SCORPIONS
There are roughly 1 500
species of scorpions in the world, of which South Africa is home to
about 160 species. Scorpions Alive is the ONLY website in South
Africa dedicated to keeping, breeding and sometimes selling
scorpions. I hope you enjoy this website and I hope you get as much
joy out of keeping scorpions as I have over the years.
been keeping scorpions since I was 12 years old. I did a
project about scorpions in Std. 4 and my research led me to
The Spider Club of Southern Africa. There was one member
of the club who happened to share the same fascination I had in
Lorenzo Prendini, who is now the curator at the American
Museum for Natural History. Jonathan Leeming
is also an ex Spider Club of Southern Africa member. I have learnt
much about scorpions from these and other members.
One scorpion in Std. 4
became around 1 500 by Std. 8. It was in Std. 8 when I started
collecting and breeding reptiles as well. Only now in my 30's
do I kick myself for not photographing and filming the many species
I have kept and the many things I have witnessed while keeping and
breeding scorpions. I have over the past few years
photographed and in certain instances filmed different species of
scorpion, with one view - to educate!
Scorpions are one of the
hardiest creatures to roam mother earth, found in the coldest parts
of the world to the hottest parts of the world and many places in
between. Most species of scorpion are resilient and therefore
very easy to keep in captivity. They do well when kept in the right conditions. I hope this
website helps you to see the beauty I see in these fascinating
I must mention that some
species of scorpion in South Africa are protected by law, and permits
are necessary to catch and keep certain species.
Scorpions almost always
get killed through ignorance. Many people think that if
they get stung they will die. They think that all scorpions
can kill you. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, out of the 1 500 species world-wide, only about 30 have
venom that can be deadly. South Africa has just one such species.
South Africa also has the least deadly species.
ALL scorpions are
venomous! It is just that the venom is more potent in some
species than in others. People react differently to scorpion
stings, much like some people are allergic to bee stings and others
not. If you have an allergic reaction to bee stings I wouldn't recommend
you getting stung by a scorpion!
I have been asked if I
have been stung by scorpions and the truth is, yes, I have. Most of
the time it was out of stupidity. Thankfully, I haven't been stung
by any dangerously venomous species, not to say I haven't kept
lethal species. I think that it is because I knew that these
species had the ability to kill me if I got stung that I
paid more attention when dealing with them, and gave them more
This website contains
information, pictures and videos of scorpions I have kept, and in
certain instances, bred. I hope my experience helps you in your
venture into the world of Arachnology!