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Scorpion Hater - 2010-09-18
You are all nutso! Just wait until they invade your home where your 17 month old child is! Yeah, having them as pets is too cool for me. It's going to be fabulous when the escape and sting you and you walk around all day and night with a blacklight scared for your childs life! See I just got unfortunate with the house I bought and didn't know that there was a ton of bark scorpions living in and out back of my home. To keep them as pets is the strangest thing I've ever heard of... and breeding them!

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  • scorpionluver - 2010-12-17
    So you're scared of them ''wow''seriously I'm 11 and not scared I have a desert hairy scorpion, but you shouldn't be scared.
  • anonymous - 2010-12-20
    Why don't you turn negative to positive? Like start selling them and getting rid of them at the same time earning money? It helps you and your family get income at the same time put smiles on the scorpion lovers faces :D
  • Artur Miniu Minczuk - 2011-02-24
    I understand that it is not fun to live in a house with scorpions crawling around but it's not a reason to call people who love scorpions nuts. It is different when you keep your scorpion in a tank from which he can't escape than seeing them around the house and having to check your clothes for them. You shouldn't be hating on the scorps but on yourself because you didn't check the house.
  • Eric Peters - 2012-04-07
    Umm dude, I have owned 2 scorpions. My dad has owned multiple tarantulas. I'm 13 and not scared and I'm not nuts
  • Krystal - 2012-07-31
    I agree with and my husband were laying in bed talking with the lights on and my nephew came in and said 'there is a scorpion in your bed!!!' so I freaked out. I'm not scared of the scorpion persay but in fear for my children so I must agree with scorpions being pest!!!
  • Rusty - 2012-11-25
    I completely agree with you, I am an outdoorsman, hunting and fishing guide and scorpion student/scientist. I do not however want to put down anyone who is also like me and finds them interesting and enjoys learning more about them in there own way, that is your right. As I take a look at everything that I do and choose to do I find that my great joy is finding these creatures in there own habitat and choose study them there. Although you and I may agree on the subject others will oppose I get where where you are coming from, and I hope everything is working out for you, just remember not every scorpion lover has a tank full of them of is breeding them.
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Anonymous - 2012-11-20
hey i want an young emperor scorpion in india..... can any one help me with that

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luke angus miller - 2008-03-25
Wow, great care sheet.
I am buying a desert scorpion on the weekend and now I know what to do and wjat not to do, so thank you.

My friend bought the same type the other day and he was forcing it to eat 2 crickets by grabing them with tweasers and jabbing the cricket into the scorp. And he also kept the ground moist which is something the pet shop owner said to do, but he was actually wrong. He told my friend how to care for a rainforest scorp so thanks to your caresheet I no not to wet the sand because it could lead to death. Also the petshop owner didn't seem to know much about scorpions, so everyone reading this keep an eye out.

Tim - 2011-08-10
I am writing to ask your advice about buying a desert hairy scorpion - but not to keep in captivity. I want to release the animal into the wild (we live in a fairly rural area of the Sonoran Desert - and they are native here).

Can you please advise if there are any precautions to take, (e.g., best time of year to do this; reliable supplier ideally in the Phoenix Arizona, etc.).

Thanks ahead of time,

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    Someone is going to go and catch them and possibly breed them or sell them You are then going to pay money back to release them. If they have been just caught - then you are paying for something that you can just go look at. If you are paying for something that is bred and has been fed - then how can you know if it will just survive? I don't understand. Regardless, where you decie to purchase it from would know the answers to these questions - at least I would hope they would.
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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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