Parabuthus liosoma (Ehrenberg, 1828)
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|Common name:||African Black Tipped Scorpion, Black Tipped Spitting Scorpion|
|Scientific Name:||Parabuthus leiosoma|
|Range:||Northern Africa and Middle East (Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Yemen)|
|Full Grown Size:||3 1/2" (8-9cm)|
|Venom:||3 (some medical significance)|
|Diet:||Young can eat Pinhead crickets, small roaches, meal worms. Adults can eat large crickets, roaches, super worms.|
|Housing:||Adults Medium critter keeper, 2 gallon tank, or rubbermaid type container. Young can live in small critter keepers or large deli cups.|
|Substrate Depth/Type:||4" of sand or sand/coco-peat with rocks or hides. Sand should be wet down and allowed to dry to provide a stable burrowing substrait|
|More info:|| This species is said to be able to spray its venom like the Parabuthus tranvaalicus. As such, safety glasses should be worn to protect eyes. Its native habitate is arid/semi-arid grassland/savannah. Moderate humidity. Don't dig burrows, but use natural space/burrows under stones and other objects.
This species is formerly known as P. liosoma, but Fet et al. (2000) conclude that "leiosoma" is the original spelling. Acosta & Fet (2005) changed the name back to P. liosoma.