Animal Stories - Desert Hairy Scorpion


Animal-World Information about: Desert Hairy Scorpion

The Desert Hairy Scorpions are the largest scorpion species in the United States!
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justin martin - 2011-02-27
Hi, I just bought a desert hairy scorpion, this is my first one. I was wondering Ibought it in small case it was in with the same original sand. I just wanted to make sure what I need to keep it healthy. What kind of light or a black light a gentleman told me, should I change the sand often, how much water is needed, if I need a bigger tank and with the food I see it eating two creeks, but the other one that was alive he stung and left it alone do I take it out and throw it out? Thank you for the help. justinT

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  • tom - 2011-05-05
    You should never use blacklight all the time. An ultraviolet miney checker type light is good to occasionaly look at your scorpion, but it is proven, that it is detrimental to their health. You will need a 2/5 gallon aquarium type vivarium (aquariums tend to be longer than tall, floor space is the key to housing) they are a ground dwelling species, that burrows from time to time, so mix reptile sand with a small block of coir (coco fiber) or potting clay, to give it a sturdy burrowing substrate, that won't collapse. You don't need to change the sand often, just remove uneaten/dead crickets, locusts and roaches. At the end of the year, do a complete overhaul. Move your scorpion into a small tub, that it can't climb out of. Rinse the substrate and other things and put it all back in.
    Also: feed him 2 crickets every week. Sometimes they go on hunger strike. Don't worry.
  • fakhar shehzad - 2014-02-07
    i have lot of gecko lizards and scorpio...i want to sell them plz contact me,,,fakhar_shehzad@yahoo.com
  • amir - 2014-07-04
    I've the same scorpion you need, if you want to buy it so contact me at this e-mail tommyrite@live.com
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josh - 2013-11-17
My dad is trying to convince me to cut the stinger off my scorpion but i dont thing its a good thing to do anyone have reasons NOT cut off its stinger

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Scorpions are look at only, no touch pets. I suggest you respect the animal and don't alter or abuse your pet. When handling is necessary, careful handling will avoid most injuries. Common symptoms of a scorpion sting are irritation, mild pain and temporary numbness. Still, if you don't want to risk being stung then don't handle it.

    Often scorpions will lose their stingers naturally for one reason or another. The stinger will sometimes reform a little with a molt, but it's unlikely it'll ever go back to normal.
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Adrian tattooer - 2013-07-02
I just caught a big one under my trailer I'm trying to find out if its a male or female as I caught a smaller one by a hot tub on the back porch. Can they be kept together or will they kill each other? The little one stung the big one and it curled up in the corner of the glass enclosure, I poked at it with a pen and it lifts up its tail but it seems intoxicated will it croak by another's sting? They are the same species of desert hairy scorpions.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-03
    I would not keep them together. These scorpions are loners and will most likely kill each other if given the chance. Good luck!
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Pat - 2013-05-25
I'm interested in making a cactus vivarium and I'd like a desert critter to add as a final touch. Is a Desert Hairy Scorpion a good candidate? I like that they're hardy and don't require much care, but I'm worried that they may be injured on the cactus or rearrange the cage as the Emperors are said to do. Can any one shed some light on these or other issues for me? Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-27
    You should be just fine.  They don't rearrange as much as the Emperors do.
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xy - 2013-05-05
i want to learned more about reptiles and insects

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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.

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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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fabian mendoza - 2011-10-15
I just bought a desert scorpion and he is my first one. I was just wondering since we keep our house at about 70 degree if I should buy some kind of lamp to keep him warm?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-17
    You can scroll up in the article and minimum temperature should be at 75 degrees. I'd get a lamp and at least have it on one end of the enclosure so your little guy can get warmer if he wants.
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Charles - 2010-02-26
I just got my desert scorpion today as well. It is fairly small but that's ok it has lots of room to grow. Wonderful looking scorpions they are.

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Angela - 2009-12-06
This site is great. I have a 6cm long death stalker spider. I have to go the hospital because of this critter more than once. It gives me one heck of a time but it is so cute!

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