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Jake Hamrick - 2010-01-27
okay, i am interested in buying an emporer scorpion. but my grandmother says i cant. so im trying to convince her to let me have one by showing her i know how to take care of it. i have read about them and im not sure how to keep the tank humid? and hot at the same time? soo any info would be greatly appreciated. and any extra information would be even more appreciated.

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  • nico - 2010-04-06
    Hi. I have 3 emperors now and they're great scorpions, funny to watch as they bulldoze the decor around they're tank. You have to put a heat-pad stuck to the insde wall of the tank and keep it on at all times, and to keep it humid all you need to do is get a spray-bottle ( unused bottle) and spray it 2 times a day morning & night. Then when you spray the tank the heat from the heat- pad makes it humid. All you need is 37x22x16cm (L, W, H) size tank 3" of coir (coco fibre) or peat soil and you got yourself a good tank for scorpions. Thou it would be much better if you get 2 scorpions (male & female) cause they do better when they live together. They will get lonely. You feed them crickets/locusts every 3-4 days a week. Don't make them to fat :) erm and rememmber there a sub-tropical scorpion. They will need 5 things... humidity, heat, hiding spots, friends, and food. Hope you get some, they're great wee scorps. Get 2
  • Noel Grassy - 2010-05-27
    Howdy Jake,
    Humid means Hot & Moist. I put three feet of electrical pipe tape[used to prevent freezing water in pipes] in an "S" pattern on the floor of my vivarium prior to adding anything. Then
    added a sandy substrate, a cedar bark and soil layer, and finally some chunks of thin tree bark. I always kept a misting bottle of pure water for getting my jungle on. I started with one
    (Telson was his name) and eventually added another which caused a little unrest at first.
    Long story shortened, the arachnids knocked boots and 3/4 of a year later I walk in to see
    Momma's back covered with minuscule "dots" void of any color. About 25~30 babies were
    clinging to her and the expanded sidewalls of the Mommy had diminished considerably. She eventually started eating them like potato chips even though she was getting plenty of crickets. I never fed them mice so I can't comment on alternate food sources.
    Poisonous/Threatening pets are not for typical pet owners and I can't stress enough the
    level of responsibility you will need to exhibit at ALL times if you intend to keep them. I am
    well aware you can live through an (Pandinus imperator) sting, but consider how your actions reflect on the rest of the world's scorpion caretakers. Especially in the US where the
    do-gooders are obsessed with controlling what appears to threaten their idyllic existence.
    I presume you are a minor and hope you'll show your handlers you can be trusted when out
    of your cage.
    My Female's name was Carapace which shows you how uncreative I can be at times.lulz!

    PS: Mr. Hamrick, I'm going to need to see you exhibit some punctuation in the future.
    I'll lay off hammering your sentence structure just because you have an adequate grasp of spelling. Thx.
  • kevin brown - 2012-08-17
    If you put a heating pad under half of your tank and put it on low it will kep it warm enough and help the humidity.
john - 2012-08-08
My emperor scorpian seems to move around well but don't seem to eat and stays in its house most of the time. I try to spoil it very much with meal worms and crickets the same crickets. I fed it when I first got it and now don't seem to have much interest in eating at all hope there is nothing wrong and how do I keep mites of or out of the cricket houseing??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    Probably just starting to go into molt
  • john - 2012-08-15
    The thing still is not overly ambitious and also all my crickets don't seem to live long they are in ten gallon tank about 50 of them I buy them from a bait shop think it is possibly mites is there any way to treat cricket cage for them so they dont get in scorpian habitat I am trying very hard to make the thing happy and comfortable??
steven helgeson - 2012-03-26
Hi I'm looking for an emperor scorpion. I had one for 3 years and it died because it was old but I want one again because I like them so anyone trying to sell call or text at 307-391-0214. If I don't answer I'm in school thanks

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  • Chris Biggerstaff - 2012-07-29
    You must have got it when it was at least 7 years old. Cuz mine is already 12 and I think they live around 16 years. Correct me if I'm wrong.
DGauld793 - 2012-05-19
I just got my scorp a couple days ago and want to know how long does it take for him to not be so sluggish when i put my hand in the cage to redo the watter dish and how long does it take him/her to let you pick em up and crawl on your hands?

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Spencer - 2011-06-24
These scorpions reach 2.5 inches, are fine at 75 degrees daytime, and require many vertical hides. Not just a piece of bark laying on the ground.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-25
    Hi, I looked up some additional information on the Striped Scorpion and one thing is for sure, there seems to be a variety of opinions. Most say the striped Scorpion is smaller in nature running maximum up to 2 inches. However, there was at least one article that states the Striped Scorpion can grow to 4 inches. I was trying to understand the reason for this and it became apparent there is a Striped Scorpion in Arizonia, one in New Mexico, one in Georgia etc and it appears the difference in size is based on the location of where the Scorpion resides which makes perfect sense based on diet etc. The author suggests 80 degrees but agrees that 75 is fine and again as far as habitat in captivity - it sorta depends on what area they are native to. Off the subject a little but the same thing - there is a bird called a Black Palm. Many say there are 3 different species of this Palm, the Goliath, the arterrimus and the (I forgot-sorry) based on 3 very different sizes. Some say all the same. The only difference between the three species is size. Behaviors, food, courtship, nesting etc is the same except their native location is different. Could it be that the location determined food souces which over the years created a size difference. I do not have a Striped Scopion but I do have two species of the Palm. Thank you for your input - we've adjusted it a bit to be more specific.
ray - 2011-04-12
Keeping scorpions as pets is fine as long as you keep them in a cage that can be pad locked shut to keep kids or pets out or your friends that may want to be dumb and try to hold it! There is a guy that makes great cages for these animals! He runs the website! they are great reasonable priced cages for the time he puts into them since he hand makes them! I have one and I must say it is the only way I will keep them in! Remember the most important thing to remember is never ever buy a deadly scorpion to show off or try and hold it to scare someone or just to say you did it this is how things happen! It can cause stronger firm laws against the hobby! Not to mention a large hospital bill or death! Just remember it is best to have went overboard on the housing of your pet and handling skills! Remember safty first! Then enjoy your prize pet! I hope to see you all follow my golden rules of venomous animals to help save our rights to own them! ALWAYS USE TOOLS TO PREVENT A BAD BITE OR STING!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Intelligent comment there. So many get things as exotic pets but do not take proper precautions either for the pet or for themselves. I appreciate hearing from someone such as yourself who learns, thinks things through and relates that information to others. Thank you.
  • ray - 2011-05-04
    I am just a guy who has been into venomous snakes and inverts for 15 years. I'm 30yrs old and have seen and heard a lot from friends and others on the forums that are trying to get into the deadlier animals. I just want to make sure I get the word out to them that the risk of them owning the animal and not taking the proper steps to make sure they and their family or friends (not to mention the people next door to them) that may not like the fact of that being next door and the thought of it getting out and comming to visit. I want to mention if they are careless and handle the animal and end up in the hospital or dead !! All the safety factors of venomous and dangerous animal keeping is not to be taken lightly because it can ruin it for the keepers that are doing it all by the golden rules !! The government is just waiting for those few keepers that are gonna not care and just buy the animal and get bit,stung or attacked so they can make the laws strict and mabe ban all the exotics all together! Ijust wish everyone would take cageing overboard just to ensure the safty of the public and not to just say forget us keepers that do it by the book and go get an animal that can kill them or someone else just because they want it but can't afford to house it right or just don't care to research it to see if it is the right choice or not to own that pet. We all need to stick together in the animal trade because one day the many that do own these against the rules are gonna ruin it for everyone that loves but respects the golden rules! Thank you to all that are doing everything by the golden rules we are the true reason why exotic animals are still around to own! God bless you all and keep up the good work!!
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Anonymous - 2012-01-17
About a month ago a purchased 2 scorps later finding out one was male and the other female, I found this out by my scorp always shakeing by my girlfriends scorp but instead of mateing she would attack and sting him everytime he got near her cove and the only time she came out of here hide out was to attack the male, I heard that scorpions will fight from time to time so I didn't think much of it until I found she had killed my male scorpion. Are these signs that she is pregnant ? She is rather fat and has a couple burrows but idk. Maybe someone else does?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-17
    This is quite unfortunate, however Emperor Scorpions are generally best housed alone, unless they have ample space. Additionally, they also need to be fed in larger amounts whenever there are more Scorpions in the same habitat, due to the fact that they can turn cannibalistic. Scorpions can be difficult to sex, and what you may have had, was actually two male Scorpions. In the meantime, the gestation period of Scorpions is quite lengthy being up to 7 months. In the meantime, continue to care for the Scorpion properly.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-17
    Well it's quite possible that this other one is a male but it is much larger than any of the male scorpions I have seen and the tank is very large in the length wise , plus I feed them with tongs 2 crickets every 2-3 days . I guess time well tell
miguel - 2012-01-26
Hey people I need some help I have 2 pregnant scorpions and 1 had died. And my question is how do you take care of a pregnant emperor ? And yes I put crickets in but there do look to be eating it because it's still there...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-26
    People have written in and stated their scorpion stopped eating and then would create a web/burrow and then lay an egg sac. This might be the start for your litle gal. I don't know how you care for a pregnant scorpion except have faith that she knows what she is doing.
Anonymous - 2012-01-20
If you have a pregnant emperor scorpion in a tank and you put a male in there with her will she kill the male scorp? I know they kill the male after mateing but if she's already pregnant will she ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    These animals are loners. Females will live with and care for their young, but an adult is a different matter. They should be kept separately.
lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-20
Hi I've had my scorpion for about 6 month already and about 2 days ago I came home and found him laying sideways almost on his back as if it was dying, I got very scared so I put him back on his stomach and changed his water and house stuff, now he's very sluggish and I've noticed he's not eating and not moving at all, I'm terrified of losing him, read they molt and I haven't seen him doing that and I stop over feeding him but he also is losing a leg like once a month and I know he is stressed because I've always had a light on for him, please please what should I do I don't want to lose him and I can't find a vet that take scorpions

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Sounds like the fella is going into his first molt. Age is right and that is what it sounds like. They become very lethargic and stop eating.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    I am sorry your little guy passed. It is hard but you don't know for sure what happened and some things are just hard to know.
  • lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-21
    Yea your %100 percent right, but I guess I didn't have the temeture just right for him and he couldn't molt becuse of me not knowing what I'm doing now I found him upside side down I think I'vee cried like 2 hours but well learn for next time!
  • lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-21
    Well thanks it nice to know there people out there who care about scorpions just as if they where dogs or cat but yea I'll be fine. I just can't wait till I go and get me I think they are the best animals a person could have Thanks

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