Other common names: Yellow Desert Scorpion; Blacktip Fat Tail
Scientific name: Androctonus australis
Fat Tail Scorpions of the Androctonus group are found in the sandy, semi-arid and arid regions of the Middle East and Africa. They are terrestrial and usually found hiding under rocks, logs, and other items on the landscape.
Appearance / health:
The A. australis is a medium sized scorpion reaching about 3-4 inches as adults. Like most other Androctonus species, they can be identified by the black or dark brown patch by the stinger. This Fat Tail Scorpion is a yellow-tan like color with darker color pinchers.
Behavior / temperament:
The Yellow Fat Tail Scorpion is not a handle-able scorpion. This is one of the most common species in the pet trade, but are also common for causing death in inexperienced owners. Only advanced keepers should house this scorpion, and should only use tools and other items to transport it for tank maintenance.
An adult can live in a 2-5 gallon tank with no problems. Babies may live in smaller clear plastic containers such as clear jars with holes punched in the lid.
Temperatures need to be kept around 75-85F with humidity levels of 50%. Substrate should be a mix of potting soil, sand, vermiculite, or others. Keep the substrate 2-4 inches deep.
Adult scorpions should be fed crickets, cockroaches, or other pesticide free insects. Baby scorpions may be fed crushed crickets or other insects.
"I currently have a A. australis. This species is said to cause more deaths then any other species of scorpion in the world. Its venom drop for drop may not be as deadly as that of the famous deathstalkers but its stings alot more people because found in around people where its native to. With that said this is NOT FOR NEW KEEPERS. This species is lightning fast and very aggressive. This species commands a lot of respect.."
From ReptileMan27 May 25 2009 6:37PM
"Androctonus australis is a hardy desert scorpion. Unlike other desert scorpions this scorpion does not burrow. Instead it has a specialized exoskeleton that enables it to be able to withstand even the worst sandstorms. Its Latin name Androctonus australis litterally means Southern Man-Killer and although it is one of the most common species of scorpion in the trade it is highly venomous and most capable of killing a human. I won't recommend this species as a pet. I have kept this species and numerous species of scorpions and I know from experience that scorpions are the best escape artists out of all animals. The only way to safely keep these scorpions is by never youching the scorpion and only using a long set of tweezers to feed and pick up the scorpion. You also need a room that is 100 escape proof and has mesh on all possible exits to the room and a rubberized door frame with a seal that is so tight it is completely waterproof. Any lesser measures in the uphold of safety are likely to result in a lack of care which could result in a sting or losing the scorpion. Their containers should be sealed in a watertight container used for packing food and 100% escape proof. <br>regardless of the owner's level of experience. This is not a species that should be kept in households and should only be kept in professional facilities.."
From RobWedderburn Oct 29 2015 4:18AM