This is the dictator scorpion. With the ability to grow up to 8 inches in length, it’s one of the largest scorpion species in the world. But despite its size, these guys have relatively weak venom, relying instead on their enormous claws to catch their prey.
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As nocturnal creatures, they spend the majority of their lives underground, sometimes burrowing as deep as 6 feet. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, the future of the species remains uncertain.
Like most scorpion species, the dictator is a shy animal that will spend most of its time hiding in a burrow or crawl space. They usually only come out to eat or mate, so be prepared not to see a whole lot of your dictator unless you go searching for it.
Dictator scorpions are very large, stocky scorpions with dark bodies. Dictators hail from Africa, but they do have a limited range. They can be found in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.