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Old 26-02-2012, 07:58 PM
JaySteel's Avatar JaySteel JaySteel is offline
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*Yellow-Tailed Scorpions from the UK*
Hi everyone.
I've known of the existence of scorpions living wild in the UK ever since I
was a kid. I'd never personally seen any myself but lately I've been doing
some research on the subject. Here's an article that the BBC published in
2009 about these scorpions.

BBC - Kent - Nature - Sheerness scorpions

So the other night I headed off to Sheerness Docks to find and photograph
some of these for my website. Sheerness Docks has the biggest and longest
established colony consisting of about 15,000 yellow-tailed scorpions. I


Euscorpius flavicaudis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** /Euscorpius flavicaudis/ **

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European yellow-tailed scorpion

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Euscorpiidae
Genus: /Euscorpius/
Species: /*E. flavicaudis*/
Binomial name
*/Euscorpius flavicaudis/*
De Geer, 1778

/*Euscorpius flavicaudis*/, or the *European yellow-tailed scorpion*, is a
small black scorpion with yellow-brown legs and tail (metasoma). Adults
measure about 35–45 millimetres (1.4–1.8 in) long. It is a
fossorial scorpion with relatively large, strong claws (pedipalps) and a
short, thin tail.


· 1 Distribution
· 2 Habitat
· 3 Venom
· 4 Reproduction
· 5 Feeding
· 6 References


The native range of /E. flavicaudis/ extends through Northwest Africa and
Southern Europe, but it has also been introduced into the United Kingdom
and Uruguay. It is the northernmost scorpion in the world and the only one
in the UK. The main colony in Britain is in Sheerness Dockyard, the Isle of
Sheppey, Kent.^[1]


Warm temperate climate. The species can be found in built up areas. In the
UK, the scorpion occupies cracks and holes in walls where the mortar
pointing has crumbled away.


Mildly venomous, harmless scorpion, which will rarely use its stinger. The
sting is like a bee sting to humans.^[2]


The gestation period is 10–14 months, depending on the availability of
food and the prevalent climate.

After reproduction with the male a pregnant female will look for a secluded
humid place to give birth to live young, from a few to about thirty, which
are white, soft and swollen. The mother will raise her forelegs to
facilitate the release of the young, which will then climb onto her back,
where they will remain until the first moult (approximately six


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