Scorpions in Namibia – Arachnids of The Namib Desert

Scorpions are another arachnid species found in Namib Naukluft Park. Although they are not as numerous as spiders, they play an important role in the ecosystem.

Scorpions are known for their distinctive appearance and venomous stingers, but they also help control insect populations by preying on smaller insects.

Their unique adaptations allow them to survive in the harsh desert environment, making them a fascinating and important species to study.

Types of Scorpions Found in The Namib Naukluft Park

The Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including several species of scorpions. These arachnids are found throughout the park, with some preferring the dune fields while others inhabit rocky terrain.

One of the most common species found in the park is the black hairy thicktailed scorpion (Parabuthus villosus). This venomous species has distinctive black hairs on its tail, and can range in color from light brown to dark black. They can grow up to 18 centimeters in length and are commonly found in the dune fields. this is one of the largest and most venomous scorpions in Africa.

Lisposoma elegans, also found here, is classified as a member of the Bothriuridae family. This small scorpion typically resides in open areas and we often find them beneath small rocks on solid ground.

The flat rock scorpion is another species found in the Namib Naukluft Park. These non-venomous scorpions have a flattened body and we typically find them in rocky terrain. They are easily identified by their tan or brown coloration.

Opistophthalmus carinatus, commonly known as the yellow-legged creeping scorpion, this species is widely distributed in Namibia. It is not considered highly venomous to humans.

You must consider some of these scorpion species as dangerous to humans, as their venom can cause pain, swelling, and potential allergic reactions. It is important to exercise caution when exploring rocky areas or the dune fields of the park.

If you’re camping, or sleeping out in the open, always make sure to upend and tap your boots before putting them on. We have seen many times that a scorpion has crawled into peoples shoes and other items of clothing overnight.

Just something to be aware of!

Please don’t kill them if you do happen to come across them.