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Housing Multiple Species

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Mike Schwartz, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Mike Schwartz

    Mike Schwartz Arachnopeon

    Good Day! As I am new to this board, I have a quick question that might have been addressed in other threads. If so, please redirect me.

    I currently have a healthy young A. bicolor specimen, maybe 6th or 7th instar. He/she, not officially sexed as of yet, is being kept in a 5 gallon closed glass setup with sand, rocks, and a dried wood for cover. I have see information posted concerning housing this species together and wandered how it would fair to house this fellow with an A. australis hector morph or a L. quinquestriatus. Or even all three? Anyone care to share experience?

  2. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic

    With the exception of M balfouri, housing them together always results in a bloodbath and one very fat tarantula.

    With different species, it's 100% fatal.
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  3. Dry Desert

    Dry Desert Arachnobaron

    If you go 3, threads down on the scorpion section entitled imperator and dictator together your questions will be answered
  4. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Non-Tityus/Centruroides buthids tend not to play nicely together with their own species, let alone others. Some people have had success with a communal setup of Parabuthus transvaalicus, but I wouldn't try Androctonus or Leiurus.
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  5. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


  6. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnolord Active Member

  7. PureXotics804

    PureXotics804 Arachnosquire

    I would not advised this, when i first got into the hobby i was sold a group of asian forest scorpions not knowing that it was different species i placed them into the same container as the seller told me they were all the same kind. They got along fine for months but as they got older one started to look different than the others. It's because it was a H.petersii while the other 3 was H. Spinifer. The petersii sadly was devoured with no traces, while the 3 H. Spinifer still cohabitate to this day with no issues. They may not kill each other immediately but this will definitely result in on or more deaths.
  8. Gogyeng

    Gogyeng Arachnobaron Active Member

    It is known that mycrohilid frogs and mygalomorph spiders can establish commensalism associations,
    case for species of the genus Poecilotheria

    So in principle, a microbiome consisting of carefully chosen species might be possible, and it has in fact been attempted,
    By tarantupedia for instance,

    That being said keeping several specimens of even the same species of arachnid is generally unwise, with very few exceptions in OW species, juvenile poecilotheria, to some extent in more tolerant african baboons (harpactirinae), and exceptionally in Eumenophorinae with Monocentropus, although MMs can pester in M. Balfouri communal enclosures =,)
  9. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    No it is not. There are ither speicies that can live communal. H villosella are one! I have had a communal set up of thise for years, until i sold the whole thing!
  10. neubii18

    neubii18 Arachnosquire

    I believe Androctonus mauretanicus is communal, but not bicolor.
  11. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    I would not house the species you mentioned together.