This is my son's newest addition to his home zoo. It is an Emperor Scorpion, also known as an Imperial Scorpion. It is currently about 3-4 inches long. It can get up to 6 inches long and live for about 8 years. It does have a sting, but it is no more dangerous than a bee sting. It is native to the tropical rainforests of West Africa. AJ generally has reptiles and amphibians in his collection, but has had a fascination with scorpions for a few years too. It is an Arachnid, but it is not a spider. He absolutely hates spiders. As much as he loves snakes and other things that I consider to be repulsive, he will avoid any size spider! He has already fed it a cricket to watch him eat. He will add it to his animal displays, but it must stay in a darker area, since UV light can cause it stress and even untimely death. I am tolerant of his animals since this is his passion and possible future profession. I am holding strong to my rule of no constrictor or venomous snakes!