European yellow tailed scorpion

Euscorpius flavicaudis

Description:

Image courtesy of Gary Drew
© G Drew 2004

Facts:

This species was first recorded at Sheerness in the 1860s and the colony there is the best known in the UK.
A rather small scorpion (max 5cm), brown in coloration, with pale brown legs & a yellow tail (sting). The pincers are very dark brown, almost black. Shelter in crevices in walls and rocks. Eat insects and other small invertebrates.

The sting is mildly dangerous to humans but is unlikely to be fatal unless the person is very young, very old, inform or particularly susceptible.

Introduced:

Originally recorded in the 1860s
Origin:
Mainland Europe
Location:
London the South and South-East of England.
Status:
One stable population at least, others unknown.
Problems:
Comments:
None known apart from danger of sting to humans.