Animal Stories - Emperor Scorpion

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The Black Emperor Scorpion is the ideal starter pet for a scorpion enthusiast!
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dustin - 2011-09-05
Ok I bought an emperor scorpion and she had babies bout 2 weeks after I bought her. I just want to know how to keep the humidity at a normal level. I can't seem to get to stay at a high level. I use the shreaded coconut stuff. Least that's what they told me to use at the pet store. The humidity stays bout 40% to 65 70% bout and hr after I mist the cage. I also have a small heatin pad under one side of the tank. Is there anything else or anything different I need to do? The babies are bout to come into their first molt and I don't want any of them to die much less her so if theres anything I can do different please let me know please asap. Thanks!!! Dustin'

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    • tfleming - 2011-06-27
      Are you able to tell if any are females yet? If so I would really like one. Do you think it would survive a trip to Texas?

    brandi horr - 2010-10-10
    We recently had a scorpion but one morning I came out and she was dead. She had drowned herself in her water dish! I'm only assuming she drowned herself due to that's where I found her lifeless body. Any idea how this happened? We had sprayed her cage everyday, fed her every 3-4 days. More if she still seemed hungry. Cleaned her tank every few days.

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    • Jesse - 2011-03-18
      I also have an emperor scorpion. I was told if you put a wet sponge in the bowl they will get the water from that. With no water just the wet sponge. Maybe that's the difference. Maybe I get over my fear of holding it.
    • patrick86 - 2011-03-30
      I use "gut load" cricket water. It's kind of like tiny pieces of what looks like gel but it's water packed with vitamins. Scorpions drink it and can't drown in it.
    willie dean - 2011-01-13
    I've had my scorpion for a couple of months now and I'm still not to sure on a couple of things because of the little info given at the pet store. I'm not sure about the whole, where the sand and moss goes. And how often to feed it. One last thing can I really feed it mice?

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    • Your reply - 2011-01-15
      Hi, well I'll try to fill in the blanks...You can feed it a pinkie feeder once in a great great while, while most people typically over feed their scorpions...they're not big eaters. Adults eat every 3-5 days a cricket or 2, babies eat pinhead cricks 2-4 days. The sand goes on the ground my friend, whereas the moss is to provide moisture and retain it so you don't have spray as much. Moss should go on all the wood furnishings you have.
    • David - 2011-01-24
      I have three emperor's and have for some time now. One is male and two females. The females both are pregnant and should be due soon. I have peat moss for bottom layer and moss for top layer of bottom of tank. I feed only about 20 crickets once a month sometimes I give them thirty. Also give meal worms as a treat once in a while and you can feed them small mice but your taking a chance if the scorpion does not kill and eat right away that the mice might hurt your scorpion. It's not worth the risk to me. I stick with store bought crickets and super worms only.
    cassandra h from tucson - 2008-01-31
    I bought an emperor scorpion today an I really wanna handle it but I know I should let it adjust to its home first. I really wanna sex it and find out what it is. I'm super nervous and am afraid its going to starve or something bad will happen to it. I'm glad i found this page because it has given me ALOT of information that the worker at the pet store didn't. I definitely need a bigger tank. I need to know how should I keep the tank nice and humid, just mist the moss?... Well if you have any pointers, (please add them). Thanks alot

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    • anon - 2011-01-15
      Well P. emp's are the biggest species of scorpion so a 10g tank is big enough for 1-2 (pending, if hostile remove). They won't starve, however they will die very easily when stressed by LOUD NOISES SUCH AS RADIOS, provide a very quiet environment :). Adults eat every 3-5days. Most houses are around 70-80degrees F so shouldn't need an under tank heater, 78F is suggested, get yourself a humidity gauge/temp from online and spray the tank accordingly, humidity should be around 70-80 as well as temp. As far as handling if you put your hand down in the tank and it shows aggressive behanvior such as open pincers and fast movements then leave it be, if it's calm should walk on your hand, if it's hidden don't put your hand in front of the hide, most likely it will zap you. Overfeeding will cause death* temp also is a factor in behavior.
    chris217 - 2010-11-17
    I have an emperor scorpion and I was wondering if I can have feedback on how to handle him?

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    • mike - 2010-12-27
      Well emperor scorpions have their own personalities. I have raised quite a few of them and some are very calm and others are aggressive. The way I have always done it is I would reach into the cage and hold the tail on the second joint from the stinger and set my hand under them to be gentile with them. If it seems calm just let go of the tail and if it is acting agitated then don't let go. But you are always taking a chance on being stung when handling one. The stings aren't dangerous unless you are allergic to their venom. It is very painful for a second but quickly fades.
    Arputharaj - 2010-08-05
    I have black scorpion, and also all types of insects available if you want please contact me

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    • angelo - 2010-09-06
      Do you live in the east coast of us? if so contact me back
    • Ranjeeth - 2010-09-07
      Hi I would like to have that scorpion. Which place are you located? I need to know more details about the scorpion.
    • Josh - 2010-09-15
      where do u live
    • mick - 2010-10-13
      You should take it to your local reptile specialist it could be ok but it needs checking ok?
    • lloyd pigg - 2010-12-07
      I want to buy an emperor /black scorpion. If you got on for sale contact me at
    Jocelyn - 2009-12-18
    I just got an emperor as an early christmas present. I set it up in 5 gal with a undertank heater, and it went directly into the hideaway. Wen i tried to add some moss around the cage, it came out, pinchers in the air and started shaking. =/ is that a normal behavior? is it the temp? I heard of "juddering", but isnt it a mating behavior? im just nervous, never had a scorpion before. Is that something I should be worried about?

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    • Anonymous - 2010-10-06
      Don't put the heater under the tank, the emp will burrow to cool itself down and end up frying itself. Put it on one of the walls.
    Joe - 2010-06-24
    I had two scorpions that had a bulge down near their tail and they were sluggish.

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    • Joel S. Santos - 2010-07-07
      I have an emperor scorpion that has a 12 young ones she protected it! So my question where I can hold my black emperor scorpion cause she is a violent one cause she has a 12 young ones so how I can hold it with my bare hands?
    • james - 2010-09-20
      Do you know what sex they are? Females who develop that, normally have ovarian fibroids (cancer).
    GML - 2009-12-27
    We just rescued a tank of 4 large, shiny, black scorpions after they were left in an empty apartment. We haven't had scorpions before and need to know if there is a way to tell they are really Emperor scorpions? And we were told one might be pregnant-should she stay in with the rest if she does have babies? (We are starting with zero information so this website has been great.)Thanks all

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    • Anonymous - 2010-09-15
      If they are emppeor scorpions they will glow green under a black light.