Cercophonius squama, commonly known as the forest scorpion or wood scorpion, is a scorpion native to southeastern Australia. It is typically around 25–40 mm long. Its colour consists of different shades of brown.
Distribution and habitat
Insemination occurs before winter and birth typically occurs during summer. Females give birth to 20-30 live young over a period of several hours. The young are white and soft-bodied at birth. Females have been observed selectively eating some of the young but the trigger is not known. It takes approximately two weeks for the exoskeleton to completely form for newborns.
- Museum Victoria - Southern or Wood Scorpion Cercophonius squama
- University of Adelaide Clinical Toxinology Resources - Cercophonius squama
- Abraham Miller - Cryptically beautiful: surprising observations of the scorpion Cercophonius squama