The Emperor Scorpion, Pandinus imperator, is a species of scorpion native to rainforests and savannas in West Africa.

It is one of the largest scorpions in the world, with adults averaging about 20 centimeters in length and 30 grams in weight.

The body of the Emperor Scorpion is black, but like other scorpions it glows pastel green or blue under ultraviolet light. It survives on a diet of mainly termites and has a lifespan of six to eight years.

The Emperor Scorpion is often featured in movies due to its docile nature and relatively harmless toxin.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Pandinus Imperator
  • Size: 20 cm (7.9 in)
  • Diet: Termites and other small insects