Opistacanthus species are found
in the most north-eastern part of South Africa into the whole of
Mozambique, the whole of Zimbabwe and the eastern part of
Botswana. 6 species are found in Southern Africa.
They can be found under
the bark of trees and rocks.
asper photographed on a tree in the wild in its natural habitat
asper with offspring
This is a pretty docile species, certainly
less lively than Opistacanthus scorpions. They are also
smaller, averaging about 10cm in length.
- Males have a "bump" on their lower finger
of the pincer that fits into a "dent" in the upper finger.
- Males can be heard tapping on the bark of
trees at night to let females know they are ready to mate.
KEEPING OPISTACANTHUS IN CAPTIVITY
a) Cage setup
Most species of Opistacanthus are found in
high humidity environments and so would do best in a Tropical
Opistacanthus Enclosure (left). Illustration of Opistacanthus
would do great in captivity in a simple setup with a
peat substrate and a piece of bark to hide under.
scorpions are tree scorpions, so logs and bark is a
High 20's - low
30's will suffice as a heat source (check the
maximum temperature the heat pad achieves first). If
it goes into high 30's then you might want to
control the temperature via a thermostat. I would
turn the heating on during the day and off at night.
You can decide whether you want to keep the heating
on permanently during winter or not.
e) Water source
For instar (baby)
Opistacanthus scorpions you can simply (using a fine
spray) spray water onto one side of the enclosure
once a week. For adult Cheloctonus scorpions you can
provide a small flat dish for water.
When it comes to feeding, I would say feeding once
every second week will suffice. Quantity will depend
on the size of the scorpion.
Opistacanthus scorpions are
generally quite docile. They will rather pinch than
sting. There venom is mild and non life-threatening. The correct way to handle a
scorpion is ALWAYS use a long set of tweezers or
South Africa, it is illegal to capture and keep
Opistacanthus species without a permit.