Burrower Scorpion near Kuruman

These scorpions can be up to 10cm long and are found in rocky habitats where they live in scrapes under rocks, as well as in rock crevices.

Mildly venomous, their stings aren’t medically significant.

Rough Thicktailed Scorpion near Brackenfell

These scorpions are found in the drier parts of Southern Africa, and can measure up to 115mm in length.

Rough Thicktailed Scorpions are the most medically significant scorpion species in South Africa, with a few people that die from their neurotoxic sting every year.

They tend to inhabit hard-packed sandy and gritty soil where they make burrows at the bases of shrubs or grass tufts, or under logs and stones. Members of this species are active hunters rather than ambushers, seeking prey which includes other scorpions.

Common Lesser Thicktailed Scorpion near Kuruman

Uroplectes is a genus of scorpions in the family Buthidae. They are known commonly as the lesser thick-tailed scorpions.

There are about 40 species distributed in the Afrotropic ecozone, with them being most diverse in South Africa.

These scorpions are generally about 3 to 6 centimeters long, but a few are smaller, such as U. ansiedippenaarae, which is less than 2 centimeters in length. They are variable in color from bright yellows to muted greens. They occur in many types of habitat from mountain forests to deserts. They live under rocks and in trees, and are sometimes seen invading houses.

Variegated Lesser Thicktailed Scorpion near Elandsbay

Uroplectes is a genus of scorpions in the family Buthidae. They are known commonly as the lesser thick-tailed scorpions.

There are about 40 species distributed in the Afrotropic ecozone, with them being most diverse in South Africa.

These scorpions are generally about 3 to 6 centimeters long, but a few are smaller, such as U. ansiedippenaarae, which is less than 2 centimeters in length. They are variable in color from bright yellows to muted greens. They occur in many types of habitat from mountain forests to deserts. They live under rocks and in trees, and are sometimes seen invading houses.

Common Lesser Thicktailed Scorpion near Lamberts Bay

Uroplectes is a genus of scorpions in the family Buthidae. They are known commonly as the lesser thick-tailed scorpions.

There are about 40 species distributed in the Afrotropic ecozone, with them being most diverse in South Africa.

These scorpions are generally about 3 to 6 centimeters long, but a few are smaller, such as U. ansiedippenaarae, which is less than 2 centimeters in length. They are variable in color from bright yellows to muted greens. They occur in many types of habitat from mountain forests to deserts. They live under rocks and in trees, and are sometimes seen invading houses.

Cape Burrower Scorpion near Melkbosstrand

These scorpions can be up to 10cm long and are found in rocky habitats where they live in scrapes under rocks, as well as in rock crevices.

Mildly venomous, their stings aren’t medically significant.