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Uroplectes triangulifer



Female Uroplectes triangulifer from Port Elizabeth

 
Uroplectes triangulifer has quite a wide distribution, found mostly in the Eastern part of South Africa, as far North as the border of Zimbabwe and as far South as Port Elizabeth. 



Male Uroplectes triangulifer from Bloemfontein (left) Female Uroplectes triangulifer (right)

Its colouration varies slightly depending on its location.  It is similar in colouration to Uroplectes vittatus.  It is characterized by two dark bands that depending on locality has 1 orange band down the centre and sometimes has 2 orange bands along the sides of the tergites ("back"). The last two segments of the tail in this species are particularly dark in colouration.  This species grows to just over 5cm.  Uroplectes triangulifer can be found in shallow scrapes under rocks in grassland areas.



Uroplectes triangulifer preparing to mate. Male on left, Female on right.

Sexing Uroplectes triangulifer:

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




Mating sequence of
Uroplectes triangulifer



Female
Uroplectes triangulifer with babies:



Baby
Uroplectes triangulifer



Uroplectes triangulifer
can be kept in captivity using a Desert Setup.

 

Uroplectes planimanus

 
Uroplectes planimanus can be found in the most North Eastern part of South Africa, into most of Namibia, particularly Northern Namibia, as well as Northern Botswana and the whole of Zimbabwe. This species grows to 7cm and can be found in rocky habitats.
 
Sexing Uroplectes planimanus:

- Males are generally smaller and more slender than females.
- Males have longer tail segments than females.
 
Uroplectes planimanus can be kept in captivity using a Desert Setup.
 
 

Uroplectes olivaceous

 
Uroplectes olivaceous can be found in the most North Eastern part of South Africa into the most Southern part of Mozambique. This species grows to 6cm.  It is characterized by an amazing olive green colouration. Uroplectes olivaceous can be found under rocks and bark as well as in rock crevices.
 
Sexing Uroplectes olivaceous:

- 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

 

Uroplectes carinatus

 
Uroplectes carinatus 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.
 
Sexing Uroplectes olivaceous:

- 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.
 

 

Sometimes female 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.
 

 

Uroplectes carinatus is found in areas that have low rainfall and as such would do well in captivity using a Desert Setup.
 
 

Uroplectes vittatus

 
Uroplectes 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.  Uroplectes 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. 
 
Sexing Uroplectes vittatus:

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

Uroplectes fischeri

 
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.
 
Sexing Uroplectes fischeri:

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