The Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion, also known as the South African Fattail Scorpion or South African Giant Fat Tail, is one of the largest members of its family (buthid).
The Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion is considered one of the most venomous species of scorpion on the continent of Africa. This species is considered dangerous, and because of its strong venom it is only recommended for experienced hobbyists. Even though this species has small pinchers their main means of defense is spraying venom on prey and enemies. In the wild the Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion feeds on lizards and small insects. Not much information is available on the captive care of this scorpion, though it is not uncommon in the pet trade.
The Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion will grow to a length of four and a half to five inches in length. They are commonly seen in black or brown, but may also be a chocolate-brown color, and lighter at the legs and pedipalp with red-brown pinchers. They possess powerful cauda with numerous reddish hairs.
In the wild, the Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion is found on the Continent of Africa in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. They live in the deserts and scrublands in burrows, under stones, and logs.