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GEO-LOCATION

There are 19 know species in the Genus Uroplectes in Southern Africa.

HABITAT

Their habitat can range from tropical forests to the desert. They can be found under loose bark, under rocks or in sand under bushes.

CHARACTERISTICS

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 when provoked. 

SEXUAL DIMORPHISM

- Males are generally smaller and more slender than females.
- Males have longer tail segments than females.

KEEPING UROPLECTES IN CAPTIVITY

a) Cage setup



Tropical 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.


b) Substrate

Simple playpen sand (for Desert Setup) or peat (for a Tropical Setup).

c) Decor

A few rocks and pieces of flattish bark to hide under will suffice.

d) Temperature

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.
 

Picture of a heating pad

 
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 drink off.

 
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. 
 

f) Feeding

When it comes to feeding, I would say feeding once every second week will suffice. Quantity will depend on the size of the scorpion.

g) Handling

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.

NOTES

Due to the large variety, and considering the non-lethal nature of this genus, Uroplectes are favored by those keeping scorpions in captivity.