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Parabuthus transvaalicus



Male Parabuthus transvaalicus.  Notice the bulbous pincers and venom on sting.

Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers. Parabuthus transvaalicus is no different. Parabuthus transvaalicus is one of the larger species of Parabuthus reaching a length of 15cm.  Parabuthus transvaalicus can be found in the most Northern Eastern parts of South Africa into the most Southern Eastern parts of Botswana and Mozambique as well as the most Southern parts of Zimbabwe. Its colouration is black.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus transvaalicus in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
You can sex sub-adult - adult Parabuthus transvaalicus quite easily:



Male Parabuthus transvaalicus (left)  Female Parabuthus transvaalicus (right)

 
- Males are smaller than females
- Males have bulbous pincers whereas females have flat pincers
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females

 


Parabuthus granulatus



Male Parabuthus granulatus eating a cockroach

 
Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers, Parabuthus granulatus is no different.  Parabuthus granulatus is considered South Africa's most venomous scorpion and can reach a length of 16cm.  Its colouration (orange to dark brown) can vary depending on the region in which it is found.  It can be found as far North and far South on the Western side of South Africa, the whole of Namibia and the whole of Botswana.  It burrows in sandy soils below shrubs.  This is a particularly aggressive species, characterised by a "smaller" sting when compared to other species of Parabuthus.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus granulatus in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
You can sex sub-adult - adult Parabuthus granulatus quite easily:
 
- Males are smaller than females
- Males have bulbous pincers whereas females have flat pincers
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females
 
 

Parabuthus raudus

 
Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers, Parabuthus raudus is no different.  Parabuthus raudus can reach a length of 16cm and can be found in the most Northern, Western part of South Africa into the Eastern side of Namibia, Western side of Botswana and in the North Western side of Zimbabwe.  Its colouration (plain yellow to yellow with last 3 segments of tail being dark) can vary depending on the region in which it is found.  It burrows in sandy soils below shrubs. This species has been known to spray venom if provoked.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus raudus in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
You can sex sub-adult - adult Parabuthus raudus quite easily:

- Males are smaller than females
- Males have bulbous pincers whereas females have flat pincers
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females

 


Parabuthus planicauda

 
Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers, Parabuthus planicauda is no different. Parabuthus planicauda is a relatively small species reaching a length of 7-10cm and can be found in the Western Cape. Its colouration is dark orange.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus planicauda in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
Sexing Parabuthus planicauda is not so easy:

- Males are smaller than females
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females

 


Parabuthus capensis

 
Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers, Parabuthus capensis is no different. Parabuthus capensis can reach a length of 10cm and can be found in the moss Southern part of the Western Cape to the most Northern part of the Western Cape.
 
Its colouration (light yellow to orange) can vary depending on the region in which it is found.   The one characteristic of Parabuthus capensis is that it has a dark orange/red stinger.  It can be found in scrapes under rocks.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus capensis in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
You can sex sub-adult - adult Parabuthus capensis quite easily:
 
- Males are smaller than females
- Males have bulbous pincers whereas females have flat pincers
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females
 
 

Parabuthus mossambicensis

 
Most Parabuthus species are characterised by a thick tail and thin pincers, Parabuthus mossambicensis is no different. Parabuthus mossambicensis is a relatively small species reaching a length of 8cm and can be found in the most Northern Eastern parts of South Africa into Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Its colouration (light orange to dark orange) varies depending on the area in which it occurs.
 
In terms of keeping Parabuthus mossambicensis in captivity, all the conditions pointed out under Parabuthus will apply.
 
You can sex sub-adult - adult Parabuthus mossambicensis quite easily:
 
- Males are smaller than females
- Males have bulbous pincers whereas females have flat pincers
- Males tend to have longer pectines than females