Scientific name: Urodacus novaehollandiae
Conservation status: Not evaluated
Body Length: 7–10 cm
Incubation: Depends on scorpion’s size, normally 6–12 months
Number of young: 10–20
Distribution: Australia wide
Habitat: All habitats
Description: Scorpions have a long tail with a sting at the tip and crab-like claws at the front. They come in various colours including dark grey, light brown, golden brown and black. They have eight legs and a hard, segmented abdomen.
Diet: Scorpions are carnivores. They eat a variety of insects, spiders and even other scorpions. Large desert-dwelling scorpions also eat small lizards.
In the wild: Scorpions give birth to live young. Once born the babies travel around on their mother’s back until they shed their first skin. The scorpion digs meandering burrows which it blocks depending on its level of activity (whether it is moulting or bearing young) and the outside weather conditions.
At Perth Zoo: The Scorpion is on display at the Nocturnal House along with spiders, arthropods and insects.
Scorpions have a natural fluorescence and glow under ultra-violet light. You can see this in the Nocturnal House scorpion exhibit.
Did you know? Scorpions (and spiders) are arachnids. They have four pairs of legs and a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax (containing the mouth, eyes, legs and claws) and the abdomen (reproductive and digestive organs).