Scorpio maurus

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Scorpio maurus
S. maurus palmatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Scorpionidae
Genus: Scorpio
Species: S. maurus
Binomial name
Scorpio maurus

Scorpio maurus is a species of North African and Middle Eastern scorpion, also known as the large-clawed scorpion or Israeli gold scorpion.

This is a small/medium-sized scorpion (3 in) from the family Scorpionidae. There are many sub-species of this scorpion, 19 of which were described by Fet et al.

Although its venom contains a weak neurotoxin called maurotoxin, S.maurus is not a dangerous scorpion for humans. There are no records of fatalities.


Found in very deep burrows in deserts and occasionally sparse woodland. Its habit of creating very deep burrows (up to 1 metre deep) means that in captivity this scorpion is often happiest with higher humidity: sand that is deep will be moist, thereby creating a comparatively humid burrow.


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