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Giant Blue Scorpion

Heterometrus spinifer


Also known as the Giant Forest Scorpion. A large species with adults growing up to near 5". This one was an unusual blue green colour as usually black with a greenish glaze to the exoskeleton.


Found on the trail in deep forest in the Tanjung Puting National park in southern Borneo.


This particular individual had run foul of swarming ants and was extremely agitated. My policy is to not interfere with natural occurrences like this but I was most relieved to see this scorpion scuttle up a tree and appear relatively unharmed from its ant experience.

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triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you Jim. This guy looked like a huge tank in the middle of a battlefield. The ants were being very aggressive and I was amazed to see the scorpion walk away! It sure wasn't happy!!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 8 years ago

From the ant's point of view, this guy is a T-Rex...I am impressed as well, nice capture Triggs!

triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you Polilla, Neil and Antonio. Really appreciate the feed back.

Great capture Triggs,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Nice one, triggs. What an amazing creature. A much-deserved SOTD, so congratulations to you. And happy to hear it survived its ant encounter.

triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you Luis.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats triggsturner!

triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you James, Stephanie and Sunny for your comments.

triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you Lisa for the SOTD. Honoured, it's quite made my day :)

triggsturner 8 years ago

Thank you Leana for your comment. Most appreciated.

sunnyjosef 8 years ago

Nice find triggsturner... Congrats..

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 8 years ago

Congratulations! What a great spotting!

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago


LisaPowers 8 years ago

Congratulations triggsturner, this intriguing scorpion is our Spot of the Day!

Stunning! Great spot triggsturner!

triggsturner 8 years ago

My pleasure Polilla. I have never seen one this colour before either. Be interesting to know if it's a sub or something.

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Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Spotted on Mar 13, 2016
Submitted on Apr 28, 2016

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