Parabuthus transvaalicus (Transvaal thick-tailed scorpion)

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Parabuthus transvaalicus. [image L. Prendini ]


The Transvaal thick-tailed scorpion is large, about 140 mm in length and dark brown to black and hairy. It is reputed to be the second-most venomous southern African scorpion. This scorpion can also be active in the morning and can be found in thatched roofs. It inhabits sandy, gritty and loamy soil where its borrows can be found under stones and logs. The vesicle is wider than the last caudal segment and it is reputed to spray venom when aggravated.

It occurs in eastern Botswana, Southern Zimbabwe, western Mozambique and the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng Provinces of South Africa.

Text by Norman Larsen .

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