There are 19
know species in the Genus Uroplectes in Southern Africa.
habitat can range from tropical forests to the
desert. They can be found under loose bark, under
rocks or in sand under bushes.
Uroplectes are a
small (2.5 - 7cm) aggressive species of scorpion that has a
painful sting (although not fatal). Uroplectes are in many
instances very colourful with yellows, browns, oranges, blacks,
whites to even green. They characteristically have thin pincers
and a (relatively) thin tail (not that thin when compared to
width of body). Males are smaller and more slender than females
and the segments of their tails are usually much longer than
that of females. Uroplectes are very active, running very fast,
always ready to sting and they are known to sting multiple times
- Males are generally
smaller and more slender than females.
- Males have longer
tail segments than females.
KEEPING UROPLECTES IN CAPTIVITY
a) Cage setup
Setup (left) ; Desert Setup (right)
Uroplectes species are found in varying habitants and
therefore depending on the species would either do well
in Desert Setup or Tropical Setup. Because they are a
very small species, your enclosures do not need to be
big at all. You decide whether you want a glass or
plastic enclosure and what size.
Simple playpen sand
(for Desert Setup) or peat (for a Tropical Setup).
rocks and pieces of flattish bark to hide under will
A heating pad
under part of the cage will provide a heat source. Some keepers
like to place the heating pad on the back of the cage and not
under, as they say that scorpions will burrow to the heat and
get too hot. I haven't experienced this.
High 20's - low
30's will suffice as a heat source (check the maximum temp
the heat pad achieves FIRST. If it goes into high 30's then
you might want to control the temp 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
during winter or not.
e) Water source
A fine spray of
water against one side of the enclosure for the scorpion to
Always provide a
water source. ALL scorpions drink! Uroplectes are a small
species and are too small to drink out of a water bowl and
so to give them water, simply (using a fine spray) spray
water onto one side of the enclosure once a week. They will
drink water from the side that you spray on.
When it comes to feeding, I would say feeding once
every second week will suffice. Quantity will depend
on the size of the scorpion.
Uroplectes Scorpions are aggressive and even though their
venom isn't life-threatening, their sting is still much more
painful than a bee sting, so NEVER try to handle a
Uroplectes species. The correct way to be handling Uroplectes scorpions and in fact all scorpions is with a long
pair of forceps.
Due to the large variety, and considering the
non-lethal nature of this genus, Uroplectes are
favored by those keeping scorpions in captivity.