ID#: 21011
This fat-tailed scorpion, Androctonus australis, packs a potent venom, as well as a disagreeable temperament, and is considered a dangerous species. Note the thickness of its tail, from which it derives its name. A. australis is native to the regions of North Africa, Somalia, the Middle East, and when translated, its Latin name means Southern man-killer. As a desert-dwelling species, the fat-tailed scorpion is a hardy specimen, said to be able to withstand the onslaught of a sandstorm, which would normally be able to strip the paint off of steel.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Col. Hugh Keegan
Creation Date: 1965
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