- Males are generally
smaller and more slender than females.
- Males have longer tail
segments than females.
Uroplectes olivaceous can
be kept in captivity using a Desert Setup but I
have noticed that this species enjoys a slight
more humid environment than other species of
Uroplectes. For this reason, I have kept this
species on desert sand and I have also kept them
on peat as a substrate.
Uroplectes olivaceous with
offspring (1st and 2nd instar)
Instar Uroplectes olivaceous
| Instar moulting
can be found in many parts of South Africa,
dominating the central and western parts of
South Africa, as far north and south you can
go, as well as the most north eastern
parts of South Africa into most of Namibia
(except the most north eastern part of
Namibia), southern parts of Botswana and
western parts of Zimbabwe.
Its colouration varies
from light yellow to dark orange depending
on its locality, characterized by a single
dark line down its tergites ("back"). This
species grows to 5cm. It is found in areas
with hard soil, in scrapes under rocks and
under loose debris such as bark.
Males are generally smaller and more
slender than females.
- Males have longer
tail segments than females.
You are able to
see babies forming inside a mother
scorpion in many Uroplectes species.
Pictured here is a heavily gravid
female. Notice the "white" babies just
under the pleura.
scorpions eat their offspring once they
have given birth. This could be due to
a number of reasons like being
undernourished. This particular female
didn't give birth to fully formed
offspring and so therefore ate them.
is found in areas that have low rainfall and
as such would do well in captivity using a
vittatus in my opinion is one of the
most colourful species of Uroplectes.
This species can be found in the most
north eastern part of South Africa
into most of Botswana (except for the
most south eastern part of Botswana) and
the whole of Zimbabwe.
vittatus grows to just over 5cm and has
beautiful hues of green, yellow,
orange, brown and black. In this
species the last two segments of the
tail are characteristically dark.
Males are generally smaller and
more slender than females.
- Males have
longer tail segments than
vittatus are found under
the bark of trees
and beneath logs. I have found that this
species also enjoys high humidity;
therefore it can be kept in a Desert
or Tropical Setup. If in a Desert
Setup, make sure to spray regularly
(once a week). They really seem to
enjoy enclosures with height and pieces
of upright bark in them.
I didn't even
know this species existed in South
Africa until recently. What a
beautiful scorpion! These
Uroplectes fisheri were collected in
the grasslands of Kwazulu-Natal. They were found in scrapes under
rocks. Growing to about 5cm, their colouration varies but is
mostly shades of orange and black,
with a black
body and pincers and orange legs and sting.
Males are generally
smaller and more slender than
Males have longer tail
segments than females.
fischeri are found under rocks
in grassland areas. I have found
that this species enjoys
a higher humidity than other
species, therefore it can be
kept in a Desert or ideally a Tropical
Setup. If a Desert setup, make
sure to spray regularly (once a