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Hadogenes troglodytes (Gravid Female)




Hadogenes troglodytes Male.  Notices how long his tail segments are in comparison to the female.



GEO-LOCATION

There are 17 species world wide.  They are widely distributed in South Africa but extend into Africa as well as far as north as Tanzania.

HABITAT

Hadogenes scorpions are commonly referred to as "Rock Scorpions" and this is because they are found in rocky outcrops and mountain ranges. They usually reside in crevices.

CHARACTERISTICS

The genus Hadogenes contains some of the longest species of scorpion in the world that grow to well over 20cm in length. Hadogenes vary between 8 - 20cm+ depending on the species.  Their body is adapted to living in crevices with very flat bodies, a very thin tail that "curls" on itself, and have flat very powerful pincers. 

SEXUAL DIMORPHISM

- Males are more slender.
- Males have very long tail segments; much longer than females.
 
Gestation in Hadogenes species can be as long as 18 months!

KEEPING HADOGENES IN CAPTIVITY

a) Cage setup

Hadogenes species are really hardy and therefore do pretty well in captivity Hadogenes require a fairly large enclosure. Two pieces of slate separated on one side by a thin piece of rock will create the crevice environment that they usually inhabit.



Typical Hadogenes Enclosure Setup


  


Hadogenes troglodytes wait with their pincers ready to catch prey passing by, just as they would in the wild.





Illustration of an Hadogenes Setup

b) Substrate

A thin layer of gravel or sand.

c) Decor

Cacti will favor the sandy substrate.

d) Temperature

A heating pad under part of the cage will provide a heat source. Temperatures between mid 20's - low 30's C will suffice.

e) Water source

Provide a a small flat dish of water for adults or spray once a week for instars.

f) Feeding

Feed roaches or crickets every second week.

g) Handling

This genus of scorpion will much rather pinch and crush than sting. The correct way to handle a scorpion is ALWAYS use a long set of tweezers or forceps.

NOTES

In South Africa, it is illegal to capture and keep Hadogenes species without a permit.