troglodytes (Gravid Female)
troglodytes Male. Notices how long his tail segments are in
comparison to the female.
There are 17 species world wide.
They are widely distributed in South Africa but
into Africa as well as far as north as Tanzania.
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.
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
- 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.
A thin layer of gravel or sand.
Cacti will favor the sandy substrate.
heating pad under part of the cage will provide a heat
Temperatures between mid 20's - low 30's C will
e) Water source
a small flat dish of water for adults or
spray once a week for instars.
Feed roaches or crickets every
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
In South Africa, it is illegal to
capture and keep Hadogenes species without a permit.