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The Malagasy Black Scorpion or Opisthacanthus madagascariensis The great thing about Madagascar is that you can walk around almost anywhere and not worry about venomous snakes or insect much - this guy is the major exception, but even this one is hard to find unless you are actually looking for him. Geotagged,Madagascar,Opisthacanthus madagascariensis,Scorpion,Spring Click/tap to enlarge

The Malagasy Black Scorpion or Opisthacanthus madagascariensis

The great thing about Madagascar is that you can walk around almost anywhere and not worry about venomous snakes or insect much - this guy is the major exception, but even this one is hard to find unless you are actually looking for him.

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  1. Haha, I had almost the same description about Madagascar's wildlife not being dangerous in this photo from a few years back:
    Madagascar's deadly (Opisthacanthus madagascariensis) Madagascar's wildlife is friendly to human life, it has no major predators or poisenous snakes. However, hidden beneath a rock in the Isola dessert still a dangerous creature awaits.<br />
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Disclaimer: the specie identification is an educated guess. Other than the guide's info (this one being deadly), I cannot confirm this with any information online. Isola,Madagascar,Opisthacanthus madagascariensis
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yeah, well I am not convinced that it is really "deadly", but it is one of the very few venomous creatures. Still, I didn't go walking barefoot in the forest there . . . but it was nice to know compared to someplace like Australia or Brazil where there are lots of venomous creatures! Posted 3 years ago
      1. Agreed. On our 2nd trip in Madagascar we almost stepped on one and our guide mentioned they are only potentially deadly to people with a weak immune system, for example an infant or elderly. Posted 3 years ago
        1. It still probably hurts like hell, though LOL. Posted 3 years ago

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The Opisthacanthus madagascariensis is a specie of scorpion endemic to Madagascar. It concerns a mid-sized scorpion found in the dry areas of the country, including forests.

Similar species: Scorpions
Species identified by Barry
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Uploaded Mar 29, 2017. Captured Oct 11, 2011 20:31 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • EX-ZR100
  • f/5.9
  • 1/60s
  • ISO320
  • 26.91mm