Hadogenes Troglodytes (Flat Rock Scorpion)
This species of scorpion is endemic to Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) and can often be found in arid and rocky areas, particularly areas with a type of rock that will split to form cracks for them to live in- this includes sandstone and granite. This species has the ability to fit in cracks between rocks, and it easily able to do this because of its impressively flat body and some what scary, but Interesting tail (or to be more precise, Metasoma). If you have a look in the picture above of one of our resident flat rock scorpions, you will see that it’s tail only sits upright when threatened- when undisturbed its tail will sit perfectly folded onto the scorpions back.
Their tail is also interesting for another reason, just by looking at it you’re able to tell the scorpions gender! (If it’s an adult that is) males and females are easily distinguished judging by the length of their metasoma- if it’s long, it’s a Male. If it’s short, it’s for sure a female.
Here at the reptile Cabin we have a pair of H. Troglodytes that we will be breeding very soon (although we won’t have any babies for a while as their gestation period is incredibly long!) We have included a picture of one of our flat rock scorpion set ups so you can get some ideas from it if you ever wish to own one! If you have any questions about owning a flat rock scorpion or any other species of scorpions, just message us!
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