Beginner Scorpions

kellygirl

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Would you recommend any of the following as good beginner species?

Androctonus amoreuxi
Androctonus australis
Anuroctonus phalodactylus
Centruroides gracilis
Hadogenes bicolor
Hadogenes troglodytes
Hadrurus arizionensis
Hadrurus spadix
Heterometrus longimanus
Mesobuthus martensii
Opistophthalmus whalberghi
Pandinus cavimanus
Pandinus imperator
Smeringus mesaensis
Vaejovis spinigerus

Please forgive me... I know nothing about scorps...YET! :)

Are there any other species that are typically inexpensive that you might suggest to me? Thanks!

kellygirl
 
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skinheaddave

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Kelly,

If you go to the scorpion files and check out the following families:

Ishnuridae
Iuridae
Scorpionidae
Vaejovidae

you will have covered all of the scorpions that are relatively non-venomous and commonly available in the pet trade. From your list that leaves:

Hadogenes bicolor
Hadogenes troglodytes
Hadrurus spadix
Heterometrus longimanus
Opistophthalmus whalberghi
Pandinus cavimanus
Pandinus imperator
Smeringus mesaensis
Vaejovis spinigerus

From that point on it just depends what you want in a scorpion and what type of care you are willing to provide.

Cheers,
Dave
 

MrDeranged

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Stay away from anything with Androctonus or Centruroides in the name.

Scott
 

Devildoll

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Anuroctonus phalodactylus

thats what i have.... it's easy to keep, not very hot, and it is super mean... and super active....


cool little scorps
 

Venom

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Androctonus austalis is the most lethal scorp on earth. A. amoreuxi isn't far behind. Mesobuthus is pretty hot too, and Centruroides are generally slightly venomous to highly venomous.
 

Gillian

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Originally posted by kellygirl
Would you recommend any of the following as good beginner species?


Hadrurus arizionensis

Please forgive me... I know nothing about scorps...YET! :)

Are there any other species that are typically inexpensive that you might suggest to me? Thanks!

kellygirl
Kelly,
I'm still learning, also. I only have the above..H. arizonensis. Very hardy, fairly active, and has the cutest tough guy attitude..*g* You should see mine, when I drop crickets in. He gets all excited, and runs all over the aqaurium. Looks like a multi-segmented wind-up toy. :)
Peace,
Gillian
 

JDK

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Scorps

I have begun to look at scorps myself. What is the G. Rosea of scorpions?
 
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Kugellager

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JDK...that would be the Emperor (Pandinus imperator)

John
];')
 

Nikos

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Originally posted by mrderanged
Stay away from anything with Androctonus or Centruroides in the name.

Scott
just a small note here...

ANDROCTONUS in greek means "her who kills man"

I'm not keeping any scorps but this one sounds really mean!!!!
 

XOskeletonRED

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Originally posted by Venom
Androctonus austalis is the most lethal scorp on earth.
Don't take this as though I am being, by any means, aggressive towards you. Just making a clarification to any newcomers to the hobby on what you had spoken.

By saying this, you mean, the most deaths caused by per year, right? L. quinquestriatus and A. crassicauda are much more venomous and more deadly (though testing does not include LD-50 on human adults and includes small rodents which will naturally have a different reaction than the human body considering they rather lack the extremely complex immune system we have ) than A. australis, though there aren't as many cases of stings from these other species per year due cause being that they are much more rare in the hobby and in their native habitats. Considering the large number of A. australis stings per year and only as few as do actually suffer severe envenomation, it has a rather low percentage rate of deaths caused by envenomation. Do keep in mind, they can ALL become life threatening to someone who is young, old, or allergic. Note: many scorpion species have NOT been tested!!!

A. crassicauda's LD-50 rates the most venomous in the world currently tested.

L. quinquestriatus' LD-50 rates the second currently.

A. australis' LD-50 rates the third currently and carries the worst reputation by causing more deaths for reasons explained above.

edw.

For any beginner, I'll just recommend, as Skinheaddave said, stick with the non-Buthidae family scorpions and you'll do well.
 
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