Rare blue scorpion spotted taking a stroll in a patch of grass in Singapore

Nothing much, just out for a walk.

By Zhangxin Zheng | January 12, 2017

In a rare sighting in Singapore, a metallic-blue scorpion was found crawling in a grass patch.

The person who spotted it, one Eric Toh, took a video of it, as well as some pictures, and shared them in a post to the Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook group on Tuesday.

Toh chose not to reveal where he found the scorpion, citing concerns from other group members that sharing the location may prompt poachers or exotic keepers. But here are some of the shots he took of the scorpion:

Photo by Eric Toh
Photo by Eric Toh

Photo by Eric Toh
Photo by Eric Toh

The scorpion is likely to be a Heterometrus species, also known as an Asian Forest Scorpion, native to forested areas of Southern and Southeast Asia. Asian Forest scorpions are highly aggressive and will sting when they feel threatened or in danger, although their sting is less toxic compared to other scorpions.

Asian Forest Scorpions are also commonly sold as pets, but do know that it’s illegal to keep a scorpion as a pet here, according to AVA.

Now in general, exotic species of any type of creature may not survive in the wild and, especially when they’re not originally native, can threaten animals that are.

We’re not sure this scorpion is native to Singapore, but if you are thinking of buying one to keep, what Jay Chou said is certainly right — “Dong buy it.”

Screenshot from video
Screenshot from video

You can see the post here, complete with a video of the scorpion crawling in the grass, shared by Ho Ching:

Top photo from Eric Toh

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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