South African Flat Rock Scorpion
|Geographical Range||Southern Africa|
|Habitat||Rocky areas in dry grasslands and bushlands|
|Scientific Name||Hadogenes troglodytes|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
To escape the African desert sun (and predators), this scorpion hides between flat rocks during the heat of the day. Its body is flattened to allow it to hide in cramped spaces. At night, the scorpion comes out to feed on insects and other scorpions.
Scorpions are arachnids (cousins of spiders) that have large pincers and a long tail equipped with a stinger. They catch their prey in their pincers, then crush or tear it to pieces. The venomous stinger is used for defense and to subdue struggling prey.