Which is better?

sycjoco

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A Emperor scorpion or a Pandinus cavimanus(red claw)?
(i know it is opinion, but i want to hear which you prefer and why)

It would be great if you could share your personal experience and acquired knowledge of each...

Thanks a lot guys

I am considering getting either or both
 

Bayushi

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Emps are calmer ( for the most part) and if you have a few in a communal set up and there is atleast one of each sex they breed fairly easy.

P cavis are more aggresive and nippy.

It really all depends on what you are looking for cus they both can end up being pet holes and seldom seen.
 

Thaedion

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I've had both.

The emp is docile and static, dosen't move much, not seen very often. They would burrow down 5+ inches and that was the extent of it.

The red claws were aggressive, the one ate the other. The victor was always burrowing, I had a 10 gal tank full of tunnels. He was not seen very much either, except late at night (early morning AM) at his entrance waiting for food, when I dropped in prey it would charge it and retreat to the depths to eat it.

I prefer the P imperator (emp) over the P cavimanus (red claw) for the docility and the size of them!
 

tabor

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I would say go with the cav, they tend to be more active and on the move.

Will this be your first scorpion ?




-A. Tabor
 

sycjoco

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Yes, it will be my first scorpion. Do all scorpions require a hide?
I am leaning toward the red claw, but soon after i may also get a emperor. I have also been considering a communal set-up with either the red claw or emperor. Are the cavs even aggressive to their own babies? and partner?
One more Q- A 10 gallon could house how many scorpions comfortably? A 20 gallon?

Again thanks, you guys are really helpful!
 

tabor

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Most scorpions need hides, if you are big into communals like me you might want to look into Centruroides species or B. Jacksoni... both are my favorites in communal setups !
 

Thaedion

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Are the cavs even aggressive to their own babies? and partner?
One more Q- A 10 gallon could house how many scorpions comfortably? A 20 gallon?

Again thanks, you guys are really helpful!
In my limited experience with P cav. it ate its tank mate.

As far as # of scorps in a tank, the general rule of thumb for an adult emp is 1 per 5 gallons. That said I've kept 1 specimen comfortable in a 2.5 gal, and 5-6 comfortable in a 20 gal long. Just provide 1 more hide than scorp, even though they always seem to end up in the same hide it allows them to find an unoccupied one.
 

sycjoco

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Hey, well thanks for the info bayushi, tabor and thaedion. I bought a emperor scorpion, but am pretty convinced that the communal setup I am going to start will be off Red claw( P cav.)
Even cavimanus have to breed or they wouldn't exist today, so I am going to attempt to start a communal tank with pure red claws!

Wish me luck and any adive would be wonderful!!!!!
 
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