Full name: Cape Burrower (Opistophthalmus capensis)
Classification: MILDLY VENOMOUS
A large scorpion of around 13 cm with the tail extended. It is dark brown to light brown and even dark orange/yellow in colour with light yellow legs. The back has yellow or orange thin bands across it. The pincers are pale brown to yellow with dark tips and a dark line running down the pincer
It is endemic to the cape, found from about Lampert’s Bay down the coast to the cape peninsula then east to around Witsands in the Western Cape. It is found under rocks and debris often on coastal dune sand. It is active on warm nights.
It may be confused with other Burrower Scorpions.
The sting of this species may cause pain but is not medically important.