Scorpions strike terror in many people and have been both hated and admired since ancient times. This may be due to their fearsome look, with pincers at one end and a stinger filled with venom at the other. Scorpions are not insects but arachnids, like spiders. Scorpions use their venom to subdue their prey and for protection.
The emperor scorpion is the heaviest of the 1,500 identified scorpion species. It can weigh up to 2 ounces (60 grams). The Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle crevasse has been home to emperor scorpions for years. This species is often used in television programs and movies. Although they are large and scary looking, emperor scorpions are fairly docile and reluctant to sting and so are easier for actors to work with. Yet their large claws can deliver a painful pinch!
We recommend keeping your hands off any scorpion species, just to be safe.