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How long do scorpions live for?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Corbet, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. Corbet

    Corbet Arachnopeon

    I just recently purchased a emporer scorpion, and I was wondering what the average lifespan of a scorpion is? I know tarantulas can live for decades, what about scorpions?
  2. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter


    Your particular scorpion can live for a decade or more, but if you bought an adult you will have no idea of his/her current age.

  3. The Juice

    The Juice Arachnoangel Old Timer

    How about a tricolor?
  4. phoenixxavierre

    phoenixxavierre Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I imagine all scorps are pretty similar (for the most part) in their lifespans. 10-15 years? Experiences keeping babies to adulthood and into old age anyone?
  5. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    Actually, Paul, there is a great degree of variability. Some buthids will live only a few years at most. Some Liochelidae have lifespans in the suspected 20+ year range. The biggest variation is between the Buthidae and the rest of the families. Buthidae are atypical scorpions in many respects -- and are in fact more typical anthropods because of it.

  6. phoenixxavierre

    phoenixxavierre Arachnoprince Old Timer


    Hi Dave,

    is it all buthids are just particular buthids that exhibit shorter life span? Do you know of anyone who has kept buthids from scorplings to old age adults? if so, what species? any papers you could refer me to or details on longevity would be much appreciated! :)


  7. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter


    In terms of personal experience, I know several people who have kept various Buthidae from scorpionlings to maturity. In fact, colonies of C.gracilis seem to be standard issue and I have heard several people talking about how many generations they went before they crashed. Maturity in this species can be reached in under a year and you can't expect much more than a few years after that.

    In terms of papers, your best starting point is The biology of scorpions by Polis (1990). If you don't have a copy already then get one -- it is THE starting point for scorpions.

  8. Fausta

    Fausta Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Re: How long do they live?

    I have kept B. arenicola types for years. I collect them in the wild in central Egypt and bring them here to Los Angeles. I have had many come and go, but two I have had for quite some time. A female, who has given birth at one time, for 7 years and another male for nealy 5 years. They seem to be doing fine. I have tried hard to reproduce their enviroment, being easier because I spend alot of time in it myself.
    Hope this info gives more insight,
  9. Skorpeus

    Skorpeus Arachnopeon

    How long do scorpions live?

    My Emperor Scorpion just past away 5 days ago, Believe it or not but I had her for 1 month shy of 14yrs. I still have her in my freezer til I can find a way to prove her age @ death. She may have been one of the oldest living in captivity
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  10. llamastick

    llamastick Arachnoknight

    It varies a lot by species and by individual. I've heard of Hadrurus species living over 25 years. Most are around 5-8 or so.