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Parabuthus schlecteri


Introduction: Parabuthus schlecteri dig a shallow scrape under rocks. Known to spray venom when provoked.
Distribution: Southern Namibia less for the Namib Desert. Observed in Fish River Canyon, Keetmanshoop, Quiver Tree Forest, Orange River and the Karasberg Mountains.
Diet: Sits and waits under vegetation for insects and spiders.
Overall brown to orange, similar in appearance to P. raudus but with an extra 10 ridges on one of the tail segments.
Breeding: Males locate females and use a series of vibrations to display his intentions. Shaking the entire body, tapping the pincers or wagging the tail are known 'scorpion chat up lines'. Once in range a set of modified pincers grab the female in courtship displays. Litters of over 20 are common.
Maximum size: 140mm.

Alte Kalkofen Lodge

80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms. Boasts the largest collection of lithops in Namibia

Birds Mansion

A popular establishment in the southern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop

Canyon Hotel

A large air-conditioned hotel in Keetmanshoop. A useful stop en-route to the Fish River Canyon and South Africa

Keetmanshoop Central Lodge

Good facilities make this an excellent overnight choice

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park

The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices

Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp

Close to the Quiver Tree Forest this is a popular choice

Swakopmund Car Hire