leiurus quinquestriatus

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Deathstalker (Leiurus quinquestriatus)

…Also known by the less awesome names of Palestine yellow scorpion, Omdurman scorpion and Israeli desert scorpion, the deathstalker is a species of bark scorpion that is native to northern Africa and the Middle East. Like its common name might suggest the deathstalker has extremely powerful venom which is a mixture of neurotoxins. This venom although potent is not normally enough to kill an adult human, a sting however will cause extraordinary pain. Children, elderly or people with heart conditions are at risk of death though.

Deathstalkers inhabit semi-arid to arid regions and they will live in small burrows in the sand or underneath rocks. Their diet consists mainly of crickets and other orthopterans, although they are reported to take other prey as well. As If their venom wasn’t enough deathstalkers are highly aggressive and can get agitated fairly easily

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Chelicerata-Arachnida-Scorpiones-Buthidae-Leiurus-L.quinquestriatus

Images: kerejoo and Ester Inbar

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A few quick, low quality shots that I took at work today! 

Avicularia diversipes slings, Leiurus quinquestriatus or Deathstalker adult

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