Fun Black-tailed Scorpion Facts For Kids

Iram Ashfaq
Oct 20, 2022 By Iram Ashfaq
Originally Published on Aug 17, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Kidadl Team
Refresh yourself with these interesting black-tailed scorpion facts.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.2 Min

This scorpion species, with the scientific name Androctonus bicolor, is a species of arachnids that you do not want to be dealing with. Luckily they are rarely seen. This Arabian fat-tailed scorpion feeds upon insects like crickets or other small bugs as well as occasionally snacking on lizards, rodents, bird eggs, and even other scorpions. Black fat-tailed scorpions are found in the Middle East and other areas of North America. They eat small insects with their powerful claws which they use to crush prey for food. The majority of the black fat-tailed scorpion diet includes crickets, grasshoppers, and caterpillars that these arachnids can find on logs or under rocks. This black fat-tailed scorpion is a known predator of other insects, including wasps. The black fat-tailed scorpion is also called 'the rock crawler' because it likes to live under rocks and in crevices where the soil is dry yet has some moisture left over from recent rainfall.

These scorpions are usually nocturnal but they will often come out during rainy days when there are not many people around or during nighttime hours on hot summer nights. These little creatures will attack if they feel threatened or cornered by humans. To avoid being stung, it is best for people to stay away from them while observing their environment. As to how these animals survive out in semi-arid climates where they reside, the answer lies within two different types of behaviors. Firstly, they hide under rocks during hot days when it becomes too intense or dry outside, and upon sunset, they come back to the surface looking for food like worms and other insects. They have developed resistance against some pesticides used by humans.

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Black-Tailed Scorpion Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a black-tailed scorpion?

The black fat-tailed scorpion is a type of scorpion arachnid that uses its tail to sting and paralyze prey. These scorpions are very aggressive and cause a lot of harm in the wild.

What class of animal does a black-tailed scorpion belong to?

A black fat-tailed scorpion is a member of the class Arachnida just like a deathstalker scorpion, with venom that is very harmful to humans if not treated.

How many black-tailed scorpions are there in the world?

According to one study, it is estimated that there are more than 2 million Arabian fat-tailed scorpions in the world.

Where does a black-tailed scorpion live?

The Arabian fat-tailed scorpion lives mainly near water sources in semi-arid and desert areas. Males will sometimes fight with each other to determine who gets more females for his offspring.

What is a black-tailed scorpion's habitat?

The black-tailed scorpion's habitat is in the north and west of the Middle East. The desert may be their preferred home but they can also live near water and even on cool forest floors as long as there are cracks for them to hide within. They can be found anywhere from scorching desert sands to small patches on grasslands when it is time for the mating season.

Who do black-tailed scorpions live with?

The Androctonus crassicauda scorpion species lives with other scorpions who share a similar habitat preference for dry deserts over wetter climates such as rivers and ponds, where there is more food available nearby and less competition for resources from other predators including mammals, birds, or reptiles like rattlesnakes.

How long does a black-tailed scorpion live?

Some may only live for a few hours, others for many years. The lifespan of this species is determined by its environment and presence of predators.

How do they reproduce?

These scorpions (Androctonus crassicauda) reproduce by mating during the rainy season, usually from July to September. This is when male scorpions will first approach females and try to attract them. Sometimes they perform a courtship dance or play dead so that she might take notice of him. Once he's won her over and if all goes well, both males and females will produce spermatophores for one week before laying eggs in soil which can contain up to 40-60 fertilized eggs.

What is their conservation status?

The IUCN conservation status of Androctonus crassicauda scorpions is Least Concern.

Black-Tailed Scorpion Fun Facts

What do black-tailed scorpions look like?

This scorpion is an arthropod with a segmented body unless otherwise noted, eight legs, and pincers for grabbing prey. They have two sets of eyes on their head, one set looking forward to find food in the world around them while another is facing backward so they can watch out for predators. They are made up almost entirely of many small parts called metapods that form the carapace, the hard shell. They have two smaller appendages known as chelae which are used for feeding purposes and defense against other animals such as birds like barn owls.

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How cute are they?

You may not want to come into contact with this scorpion as it can cause a painful sting, has lethal venom, and also looks super creepy.

How do they communicate?

When two meet in solitude, there is often only silence to be heard and an eerie stillness falls upon them as if their breathing has ceased. However, they are known to communicate through taps of their tail against the sand or rock they are standing on. These gentle sounds travel surprisingly far across the terrain.

How big is a black-tailed scorpion?

This scorpion species, which can be found in the north and west of the United States and Mexico, is usually 3.5-4 in (9-10 cm) long.

How much does a black-tailed scorpion weigh?

These scorpions are small creatures that weigh around 0.08 to 0.1 lb (40-60 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Both female and male scorpions of this species are called Androctonus crassicauda, or black-tailed scorpions.

What would you call a baby black-tailed scorpion?

Baby black-tailed scorpions are known as hatchlings after they hatch from their eggs.

What do they eat?

This scorpion eats animals such as lizards, spiders, and small insects. It also eats rodents and bugs which are plentiful in its environment.

Are they dangerous?

Black-tailed scorpion venom is dangerous. Their stingers can do a lot of damage, so it is important not to go near them or provoke them in any way.

Would they make a good pet?

ThIS scorpion is one of the most frightening creatures in all of nature. These small, arachnid-like invertebrates have a long tail like a sting that can easily skewer any living creature that comes near them. They inject their venom into their prey's body to immobilize it for consumption. They are so terrifying! Despite these facts, some people still love petting these scorpions with the species name Androctonus crassicauda, however a black-tailed scorpion sting can be dangerous so handle it with care.

Did you know...

This animal is one of North America's fastest deadliest creatures, with its eight poisonous legs that can perform in milliseconds just like lightning strikes inserting the venom in the victim with its fast-acting attitude.

How does the black-tailed scorpion compared with fat tailed scorpions?

Scorpions are known for their painful sting, but Androctonus Scorpio venom is much less potent than other fat tail scorpions. This should not lead you to underestimate these small creatures as they have a powerful bite that can leave the victim in extreme pain and bleeding from multiple orifices.

Are black-tailed scorpions venomous?

They have a lethal sting, but it isn’t considered to be as bad as other fast-acting scorpions such as the Emperor scorpion.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other arthropods from our queen butterfly facts and gulf fritillary butterfly facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring one on our free printable black tailed scorpion coloring pages.

Black-Tailed Scorpion Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Lizards, spiders, small insects, rodents, and bugs

What Type of Animal were they?

Carnivore

Average Litter Size?

40-60

How Much Did They Weigh?

0.08-0.1 lb (40-60 g)

What habitat Do they Live In?

desert areas and semi-arid areas

Where Do They Live?

the middle east and north and west africa

How Long Were They?

3.5-4 in (9-10 cm)

How Tall Were They?

N/A

Class

Arachnida

Genus

Androctonus

Family

Buthidae

Scientific Name

Androctonus bicolor

What Do They Look Like?

Black, brown, and dark gray

Skin Type

Shell

What Are Their Main Threats?

snakes

What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern
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Written by Iram Ashfaq

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Public Health

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Iram AshfaqBachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Public Health

With a Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery from Shaney Institute of Health Sciences and a Master's degree in Public Health from Imperial College London, Iram is a highly qualified and accomplished writer from Srinagar, India. Over the course of a year, she has acquired multiple writing certifications, focusing on health sciences and research studies. Prior to joining Kidadl, Iram gained valuable experience working as a content writer for Indian firms and interning at a New York-based company. Her expertise and passion for writing shine through in her ability to create compelling content across a variety of topics.

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