Owning a scorpion

Ron_323

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Hi guys, I been thinking of owning a pet scorpion, I have owned pets before but I want to try something diffrent, tomorrow I have been looking on info on pet scorpions and such and I stumbled upon this place, it seems you guys are experts so I decided to ask you guys, whats a good recomended scorpion for the novice? I heard emperors are pretty easy to care, what do they need? What tempature and humidity do they need? Food, tank size and such?
 

Rosenkreuz

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Emperors are great starter scorpions. They're easy to take care of, and can be handled without much worry.

For requirements, a tank of about 5 gallons works well for a single, and obviously the more you have the larger the setup, although I've been told a 10 gallon will house a couple of adults decently. You'll need a substrate consisting of either peat, coco-fiber, or something similar. It'll need to be nice and deep too, as Emperors are a burrowing species. Add a water dish, and something to hide under (if there's more than one scorpion, you'll need a hide for each scorpion, plus an extra one so they'll always have someplace to go), and you're all set. Feed them crickets their size or smaller, and they'll be happy. The only other requirements are temps in the mid 80's, and an RH% of about 80-90%.
 

Australis

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Heating is not so impportant...well to me tat is...i'm stayin where its warm all year round.
U don't need a heat rock...or a heat mat, u may end up frying the little guy :D

Humidity is very very important. If it gets too wet, it'll drown and if it gets to dry, it will shrivel like a prune :D

Sounds complicated yeah...it is lol...
if its just an emp its much easier...they are quite tolerant
 

JungleGuts

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emps are good but theirs actually some desert species that are alot easier to take care of.
 

Rosenkreuz

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Okay thanks but is the heating and humidity really nesecarry for it?
If you're taking care of an Emperor, yes, it is. They're a tropical species, and live in the rainforest. For them to survive, they need to be in a setup that reproduces that.

If you live in a place that's consistantly warm, you don't need to worry about artificially heating the tank. If you live in a place with naturally high humidity, you don't need to worry about that either. But if not, you'll need to provide those for the scorpion.

Heatwise, I find a 50-75W infrared bulb in a clip lamp works great. Regular misting of room temp water keeps humidity.

They're really an easy species to keep, and great when kept communally. And, as was mentioned previously, there are a number of other species that are good beginner ones, particularly a few desert species.
 

Ron_323

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Okay thanks guys, I already have the scorpion, just got it yesterday, so far the little guy is just resting, as for heat my house gets very warm and I make sure to check on the humidity, in time the tank will look better as I save money and buy more stuff, thanks guys!
 

FortCooper1982

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H spadix very cool scorpion, no water ever needed, stings alot (which is cool to see) takes on big pray, always digging, fun to watch
 

~Abyss~

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very active yes, but not as much so as my jaksoni or Lq's.
 

Aztek

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I'm getting Jacksonis when either my emps or vitattus perish.
 

~Abyss~

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i used to say that. Now i managed to make room for over 9 spiders, 25+ scorpions(to lazy to actually count), a bearded dragon, 2 dogs, a ball python, and three different species of roaches.
 

xVOWx

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I don't think the letters "L" and "Q" should even be used in this thread.. at all ;)
 

Skyswiftwing

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Centruroides vittatus? How come there are no pictures of this one in the gallery? Do they go by another name? Or are they there and Im just blind?
 

Skyswiftwing

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nice =D thanks. Im trying to decide what kind of scorpion to start on so ive been trying to look at the different kinds. Everything seems to be pointing at Emperor Scorpions to start?
 

MasamuneX7

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Emperors are great, so are are Asian Forest Scorpions (Heterometrus sp.) if you're looking for something slightly more aggressive yet still tame with mild venom.
 
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