Meet the Spider-hunting Scorpion

Article | Updated 4 years ago

Image of a Spider-hunting Scorpion
Spider-hunting Scorpion
Julianne Waldock

Do you know anyone who’s afraid of spiders? 

Certainly not this scorpion! The Spider-hunting Scorpion, or Isometroides vescus, is a terrestrial invertebrate whose favourite prey are spiders.

Image of a Spider-hunting Scorpion

Spider-hunting Scorpion
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Julianne Waldock 

Habitat

This predator is widespread over large areas of southern Australia, including semi-arid regions of WA, SA, NT and NSW. Its favourite habitat is sclerophyllous forests, woodlands, mulga and inland river systems, and the saltbush steppe of the Nullarbor Plain.

Appearance

The Spider-hunting Scorpion is a medium-sized scorpion that can grow up to 5cm long. Its body and legs are golden-brown in colour, and it also has patches of dark brown. It has thin, delicate hands and a thick tail.

Food!

A Spider-hunting Scorpion’s favourite meals include trapdoor spiders and wolf spiders. They are nocturnal creatures, and are often found inside the vacant burrow of their unlucky prey, or hiding under objects on the ground.