Tanzanian Redclawed Scorpion
(Red Clawed Emperor)
Pandinus cavimanus (Scorpiones: Scorpionidae)

Photo courtesy of R. David Gaban

The Tanzanian Red Clawed Scorpion is very similar to the common emperor scorpion, Pandinus imperator, except that P. cavimanus is slightly smaller and has reddish claws. Care for P. cavimanus is like that of P. imperator since they are both tropical species that like a high humidity. Like P. imperator, P. cavimanus is not considered especially dangerous.


Captive Requirements

Housing: 10+ L cage for large adults
Communal: Yes (provide a larger tank for communal set-ups)
Diet: Crickets, cockroaches
Substrate: At least 10 cm of soil or peat moss
Decor: Cork bark, water dish
Temperature: 29.4 C (85 F)
Humidity: High
Temperament: May be somewhat defensive
Considerations: Good for beginners

***Cavia & Tanza***

I got these two little scorps (about 1.5-2 inches long) on November 10, 2002. Cavia and Tanza, as I named them, look similar to Pandina, my little emperor. I set up their cage much like Pandina's, and they immediately made burrows which they refuse to come out of, so I don't have many pictures.

Cavia & Tanza, Dec. 3, 2002
Cavia & Tanza, Dec. 3, 2002

Tanza has been eaten!

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, because the scorpions had been in their burrow for months. It happened sometime during the summer of 2003, I think. I was suspicious that something had happened since the food items had not disappeared, but it wasn't until August 2003 that I dug them up and my suspicions were verified. Oops! A little sibling rivalry, I suppose.

Aug. 27, 2003: Cavia was very fat after eating her sibling. Note the red circle, in which appears to be a limb of the deceased scorpion.

Copyright 2002-2006 By Emily Tenczar



(I haven't found a page devoted to this species yet, but care is similar to that for Pandinus imperator.)


Common Emperor Scorpion caresheet (Arachnophiliac)

Dave Gaban's Emperor Page

Emperor Scorpion caresheet (Petbugs)

Pandinus imperator (Scorpion Files)

Pandinus imperator Koch: King of the Scorpions (Bullington)

ZWON Emperor Scorpion fact and care sheet