Desert Hairy Scorpion

Hadrurus hirsutus

This arachnid spends the hot daytime hours hidden deep in an underground burrow, and emerges at night to patrol its territory and hunt. It is named for the numerous sensory hairs on its pincers and legs. These hairs detect vibrations caused by both prey and enemies, and tell the scorpion to either attack or retreat.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: More than 5 years
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Desert
dietDiet: Insects and spiders