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Spyer productions (13 days ago)
Hey dutch van der linde
Smoggies FC (4 months ago)
These are not the largest scorpion. The largest is the giant forest scorpion followed by the flat rock
Account Inactive (4 months ago)
Couple of notes here. Emperor scorpions are very clumsy and will fall easily. If it slips off your arm or hand or whatever and hits a hard floor, they explode, like seriously. Also, if you go to handle one, don't spook it. Make it aware something is around them before attempting to coax it into your hand. They will spin and strike quickly.
Mad Over Animals (4 months ago)
Peanut (4 months ago)
lil snip snap boi
John marston (5 months ago)
My scorpion is female
Ray of Lyte (6 months ago)
I found one in the woods during my travel to west Africa. I don't think you've got these in North Africa. Too dry.
Goomberdups (6 months ago)
Guys don't get one of these they killed my dog and I think my cat is next
the being with no icon (6 months ago)
@Goomberdups .. yeah sure...
Goomberdups (6 months ago)
@the being with no icon no sting it snapped my dog in half with its clamps
the being with no icon (6 months ago)
are you sure it was an emperor, scorpion, their sting is as mild as a bee sting. also just because a scorpion killed your dog doesn't mean they have to listen to your and not get one,,,
Wacky Mel0n (6 months ago)
I’m watching this and my scorpion is clanging around in his tank I think he wants my attention?
Robbie Ugalde (7 months ago)
Can a pink toe taratuala and an emperor scorpion live together in an enclosure
Warren McMurry (5 months ago)
Likely not. Even more than one tarantula together is lethal, one eats the other. However is mention of Pink toes together, as been noted is possible. Still advise caution!
Sniper life (8 months ago)
I actually want one of these I currently have a 20 gallon also how do they taste when cooked.
Hunter Doucette (10 months ago)
Heterometrus Swamerdami (Giant Indian Forest Scorpion) is actually bigger. The Emperor Scorpion is the second largest scorpion, not this 😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑
RevampedWrestlingHD (10 months ago)
:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVUot7tI43M
James Davidson (11 months ago)
Scorpions are beautiful I'm beautiful I'm a Scorpion
Roy Camacho (10 months ago)
Dude that was funny! 😅 That's some gentle comedy. "Scorpions are beautiful... Wait a minute... I'M beautiful! I'm a Scorpion!
SLUGGJELLY (11 months ago)
2:00 Whoop! There he goes... lol
Ayo_Stereo (11 months ago)
I love how at the end the scorpion was like, “I’m done with this video,I’m out.”
Unit 07 (11 months ago)
Cute Skorpion
da beautiful potato (1 year ago)
How often do you have to water their cage?
Dlonra Reggenzrawhcs (1 year ago)
He is like in a Infinite hand loop lol
Shannonbarnesdr1 (1 year ago)
this guy and te giant forest scorpion are the 2 biggest i think
Mystic Sea (1 year ago)
I would not recommend a scorpion as a pet for a young child. If the animal does by any means decide to sting children are more susceptible to the venom.
Escorpio123PS (1 year ago)
They love exploring. I have 5. Cute And beautiful.
Scorpion Addiction (1 year ago)
Emperors are native to the rainforests of West Africa’s savannahs. They are not likely to be found in dry areas and will require deep, moist substrate to burrow in. If kept too dry they will have problems molting. Do not use sponges in their waterdish, use a simple rock instead if the dish is quite large or some species will simply drink the spray that accumulates on the side of the tank. Heterometrus swammerdami can get slightly larger than Pandinus imperator but are much harder to find in the pet trade.
Edgy username (1 year ago)
Can I get one of these just to hunt down my house spiders
Adam Rhodes (1 year ago)
"They have a mild venom and razor sharp claws, other than that they're mostly benign"... lol
Phil McPower (7 months ago)
They arent that bad... pinches hurt and stings are like a bee sting (you CAN have an allergic reaction though)
Roy Camacho (10 months ago)
Ra... Ra... Razor sharp?? But I want to play the violin. Tell me it isn't so...
Guybrush Threepwood (1 year ago)
Why isn’t he screaming in fear?
Boris Z. (1 year ago)
But how much venom would I get if I "milked" one and how easy it is to breed them in captivity?
Saif A (1 year ago)
Ummmm sir, he left....
N o i c (1 year ago)
Scorpion: [email protected] nerds
Brian Driscoll (1 year ago)
So I did finally get an emperor about a year and a half ago. She's doing very good. Pretty healthy. About the same size as the one in the video now. When I got her she was about the size of a quarter. Super tiny! I'm still trying to work up the nerve to hold her though. She's never been hand held. In the video he states emperors never use their tail in defense? Anyone else have experience that can also back that up? I'm pretty sure she won't sting, but don't want to get caught off guard.
Erik 19990 (1 year ago)
Brian Driscoll just always Remember they're scorpions and will sting if they feel like they need to be emperors are most likely to run away or pinch you
ジョネーJonét (1 year ago)
Will a scorpion take care of my roach problem, will they eat the roaches around my house?
Cardiac Caniac (1 year ago)
Gotta admit, I've never seen a pet care video that also talks about how to cook it.
Bison Bust (10 months ago)
Cardiac Caniac just add some garlic and oil to it and that will be good
Roy Camacho (10 months ago)
UberFantasy (1 year ago)
Were my Scorpio squad at ♏♏♏👑
Ai Kinward (5 months ago)
I’m not a Scorpio ♏️ I’m a Virgo ♍️ and I think we make the best mates/lovers especially in the right Chinese Love ❤️ Sign Combo.
Otar The Foul (6 months ago)
I'm a Pisces lmao
UberFantasy (1 year ago)
Love Scorpions because my sign is Scorpio!
BeyondDestiny (1 year ago)
i like how the video ended as soon as the scorpion crawled over the horizon of his shoulder
Russell Jones (1 year ago)
very engaging video, thank you
Sharon Mianscum (1 year ago)
"Let me go, hooman. I must explore."
Pherr Antonio (1 year ago)
I have one scorpion and yesterday she mold for the 4th time but now she died why?ive been taking care of my scorpion 4 months please someone can answer me why my scorpion died
Herping wrestler (1 year ago)
Pherr Antonio sometimes when they mokd they clone themselves like the most you sure you didn't get mistaken
Pherr Antonio (1 year ago)
Once a week
Aaron Kennedy (1 year ago)
How often did you feed it
Pherr Antonio (1 year ago)
AlexxSixx really??
AlexxSixx (1 year ago)
Pherr Antonio maybe it got tired of life
Princemer Jhamboy (2 years ago)
what about the heterometrus swammerdami? whos bigger emperor scorpion or h swammerdami?
Edna Mode (2 years ago)
Can you handle these as pets?
I-/ /-B (1 year ago)
Javier Rodriguez (2 years ago)
I'm here bcuz of fallout 4..the radscorpion
Sammy Sampi (2 years ago)
does the scorpions see..or they're blind?
Lost n Space (2 years ago)
what 9 facts
SiLentKiLLer DG (2 years ago)
it is a safe pet?
Sympharia Moon (1 month ago)
Relatively safe, it’s very rare for someone to be allergic which is the only big danger. Their sting is like a bee sting for people who are non illergic.
Phil McPower (7 months ago)
Safe is relitive. They pinch and sting... montly pinch. They only sting as a last resort or if they mistake you for food. Handle them very little if at all. They are safe if you respect they boundaries and dont startle them.
Daz Z (1 year ago)
Darth Vader like any sting there's a risk of allergic reaction
I-/ /-B (1 year ago)
Yes this spieces of Scorpions are safe if they sting you nothing big will happend its like bee sting
Teow Hai Way (2 years ago)
" Holyshit holyshit it on my back! gotta keep clam, keep the camera rolling~ holyshit!! i can't...i just can't"
colin mucha (2 years ago)
i like how this is a lobster spider wasp all in one lol love scorpions
The Possible Kid (2 years ago)
What a beautiful animal
Ra Mighty The 1 (2 years ago)
Awesome 👌👌👌👌👌
UwU (2 years ago)
If I get a scorpion I'll call it Scorpio because that's my zodiac sign
Omegamon Alter-S (2 years ago)
* casually let's it crawl on his back *
Pharaoh 3103 (2 years ago)
Is there a way to get ride of the venom or cut the stinger
Pharaoh 3103 (2 years ago)
k like i care what u say it was just a question i would never do it. k sry if it made u mad
AN十NҰM十US (2 years ago)
dude the emperor scorpion isnt that venomous when they are his size
Pharaoh 3103 (2 years ago)
now granted I do'nt have one but I want one
Pharaoh 3103 (2 years ago)
I was not going to do it I was just wondering why would I do that I love scorpions
Rads (2 years ago)
If I ever get a scorpion I'll call it scorponok
Angelina Cucchi (3 months ago)
I initially read that as “scorp on- ok...”
River Shen (2 years ago)
Crimson Flash Studios Skarnerr
Yuki Yume (2 years ago)
or Radscorpion....
Komranade (3 years ago)
+Howcast longinamus plz
pcrana1 (3 years ago)
1:36 "wow" is thinking the scorpion, "thanks for that buddy, i aint getting eaten"
VoidIsStreaming (3 years ago)
Does anyone wonder where the scorpion went after it moved to the guy's back?
Dlonra Reggenzrawhcs (1 year ago)
Marklix Anus
UberFantasy (1 year ago)
TheOgre 😂😂😂
Nitsej (2 years ago)
uh, on his back
ToxixM wonderland (3 years ago)
he just lets it crawl on his back 😂, like whatever I give up
Martini El Martillo (3 years ago)
it looks like a red claw scorpion
Nightmare Gamer (3 years ago)
lol I have a mod in minecraft
Hippopotamoose (2 years ago)
Amazing news....
Shirley Foo (3 years ago)
Are you sure an emperor scorpion is appropriate for kids? my 11 year son really wants one but I'm not too keen on getting a venomous creature and I haven't sent him on an allergy test for scorpion stings
Kaelin Storrs (10 months ago)
Zackary Vara I'm 15 and i started out with a Deathstalker scorpion, a level 5 venom.
Kaelin Storrs (10 months ago)
LandWhales4Sale you should use a heat mat, scorpions aren't too fond of light.
El_Lobo.666 (2 years ago)
Steve Mustache Do you need a heat lamp, heating mat or any other device. Or will an Emperor Scorpion be safe and comfortable with room temperature, 70-75 Fahrenheit.
who what (2 years ago)
Shirley Foo yea it's actually a pretty good first pet to me, as you see in the video it's not really that aggressive, pretty sure it's not gonna sting your son. but yea I highly recommend one😀
onni turunen (3 years ago)
to my emperor scorpion i got 22 gallon
Cat (3 years ago)
pls tell me how much i need ground on my emperor scorpion tank do they dig
Hippopotamoose (2 years ago)
A 10 gallon tank can keep 2 max. And should last it's whole life
CornyCobble (3 years ago)
these are rad scorpions. fallout fact
Teow Hai Way (1 year ago)
correction: Giant Rad Scorpions. you'll encounter them at the airport area.
Leslie Norris (2 years ago)
Stole my words.
Prithviraj Singh (3 years ago)
Awesome. 😜
Deathwatch Pack (3 years ago)
I would get a small child a goldfish but this guy is a pure savage NFG !!
Jayme Moon (3 years ago)
do they have eyes
Lolsadboi (2 years ago)
Yes they do, all scorpions have six eyes, 2 on the right and 2 on the left side if its head, and two eyes on the top of the head.
No Name (3 years ago)
AquiStorm (3 years ago)
Do they glow in the dark or glow when you shine a black light?
Occhublu (2 years ago)
They will glow in UV light, but don't do it.. It's not good for them.
The Scorpionman (3 years ago)
No they will burn
shane cirignano (3 years ago)
+Eang Leng Yes Emperor scorpions do glow under a black light
Eang Leng (3 years ago)
No, only scorpions that are yellow, white, and orange can glow, oh and green
Nicholas Fortunato (3 years ago)
Thats not an emperor scorpion, thats a red claw scorpion. Emperors have dark black claws, not reddish claws!!!
DavidB2001 (3 years ago)
it's a red claw emperor scorpion. there are normal emperors and red claw emperors.
[ That1Guy ] (3 years ago)
It is a red claw😂
Ludin (3 years ago)
+Nicholas Fortunato you should probably watch the video again cause it's clearly an emperor scorpion
Scare Crowe (3 years ago)
They are so cute!
Jacob ataddlety (1 year ago)
UberFantasy my sign is a Scorpio 2! :D
UberFantasy (1 year ago)
Scare Crowe Scorpios are amazing BTW my sign is Scorpio
Ronelson Mabasa (3 years ago)
+Scarecrowe Gaming glad I'm not the only one! hi five!
Scare Crowe (3 years ago)
Jaylin Nowlin (3 years ago)
one day I went to Indiana to visit my friend. I lifted up a rock and Im dead serious I saw a turantula. It was about 8 years ago but I'm still confused. turantulas don't live in Indiana right?
Zuma Dude (3 years ago)
+Jaylin Nowlin no they don't I live in Indiana they are probably someone's pet escapee
Jaylin Nowlin (3 years ago)
+SamVision oh, I thought they only had gray hair until I remembered like 3 desperate times I saw a brown wolf spider in my basement...I'm an idiot.
SamVision (3 years ago)
@Jaylin Nowlin  Wolf spiders have brown hair, and some of them can get as big as tarantulas.
Jaylin Nowlin (3 years ago)
+SamVision it was turantula size and had brown hair rather than gray hair.
SamVision (3 years ago)
+Jaylin Nowlin It might have been a really big wolf spider than a tarantula
Shane Crimmins (3 years ago)
I think the scorpion got bored at the end
Jacoyoyo (3 years ago)
the guy's like, "end the video so someone can get the scorpion off my back.
Frank Hollad (1 year ago)
Jacoyoyo lol your right hahaha
Jimmy Jenkins (4 years ago)
that species of scorpion is my favorite.
ducatimartin (4 years ago)
Somebody can help me to clear this doubt: I've been reading a lot about the "correct way to pick a scorpion up" I have about a week with mine and I always take it from it's tail. And nothing seems to happen with him. But there are several comments about this way is wrong. They say it should be forced to get on your hand just walking and pushing it to your hand. Some say that taking by the tail. he can be injured. Anybody?? Thanks and regards from Mexico.
Diil Avery (3 years ago)
+future Marine Michael Instructions not clear enough. The scorpion is in my anus.
Bhd's Bald head (3 years ago)
+ducatimartin In order to pick up a scorpion properly, you'll need the following: a used condom, a bottle of ketchup, and a prosthetic leg
NickTheFox23 :3 (4 years ago)
Couldnt you just use a small rubber cork for his stinger tip?
Herping wrestler (1 year ago)
NickTheFox23 :3 no
Deathwatch Pack (3 years ago)
By far the best youtube comment ever 😂😂😂
NickTheFox23 :3 (3 years ago)
@Phil McCracken  I always had this idea, all I hear is, "how to remove glands, or stinger" when I just would say put a cork on it? I mean its not that hard, and it could "sting you" but you don't feel it. it's pincers though i wouldn't mind, its the venom Im worried about
NickTheFox23 :3 (3 years ago)
@Phil McCracken  Can't tell if sarcasm or not; but I was serious like a small cork the size of a pencil eraser :o
Xavier Kele (4 years ago)
yummy they look pretty and yummy, pretty yummy yummmmmmmmm...
SeanIsOG (4 years ago)
It just randomly crawls over to his back XD
anonymous pinecone (4 years ago)
What do you mean desert emperors are from the rainforest
Justin Stewardson (4 years ago)
a scorpion that big with bee sting venom? I don't think so !!!
I-/ /-B (1 year ago)
The most venomous Scorpion in world is pretty small if they have weak venom thay have big claws and they are big if they have deadly venom they have smaller claws
Rico134 (4 years ago)
@Sawyer H Not horribly, but wrong, it is reversed, the smaller, thw worse the bigger, the better. 
Sawyer Hughes (4 years ago)
@Rico134 I always thought that scorpions were kinda like snakes in the sense that the bigger they are the less effective their venom is, but I could be horribly wrong.
Rico134 (4 years ago)
Size does not matter in the scorpion world m8. Ask any one, they do have the sting of a bee, and I think it comes down to your own fear m8 (no offence)
fuckyouwargaming (4 years ago)
Aahahahahahahahah the end when this lill scorpion dude goes to the shouldeers is epic!!! who knows how it's finished after .
TheJoMantis Saga (4 years ago)
I like how the scorpion just wander off to his back unnoticed
Roy Camacho (10 months ago)
Oh, we noticed... :)
Lofty - (4 years ago)
This video is factually incorrect. To anyone who wants one of these as a pet: Emperor scorpions are NOT North African desert scorps - they live in the humid rainforests of mid to western Africa and require high humidity (around 80%), which you can maintain by placing a small water dish in their tank and misting the tank occasionally with a spray bottle. The substrate would be a thick layer of slightly moist coco-fiber (Emps love to burrow - you will see them occasionally during the day but they are most active at night.) You should also give them a rock or piece of bark to hide under and climb on. Feed them once a week, and do not stress if they don't eat every time you offer them food. Enjoy your scorps!
Erick Wright (5 months ago)
Good job
TheRagingnorseman (10 months ago)
They have different venom, but you can be allergic to one, the other, or both, and if you're allergic to bees, you're more likely to be allergic to Scorpion venom.
Roy Camacho (10 months ago)
Did the pinch hurt? From the Emperor? On a scale of 1-10
Amilo Himiko (11 months ago)
Kenneth Reyes (1 year ago)
You saved 1000s
Abraham Lincon (4 years ago)
Can I keep an Arizona Bark Scorpion in a 5-10 gallon Exo Terra climbing cage?
MiPHISTo (5 years ago)
Just for you people contemplating getting a scorpion now, here's a few ACTUAL FACTS, explaining about Emperor scorpions (Also debunking some of the videos "facts") Emperor scorpions (Pandinus imperator) are actually found within tropical rainforests. They're obligate burrowers, requiring 4-5" inches of damp substrate to burrow into (Coconut fiber works fine). It has been observed that scorpions will detect vibrations through the sensory organs on the undersides of their body (Their pectines, located next to their genital operculum). Heterometrus swammerdami is estimated to be the largest scorpion in the world (Giant Indian Forest Scorpion), coming in generally at about 12".
Joshua Streat (8 months ago)
pfft. not facts
His Holiness (5 years ago)
It just crawled down his back and it was like he didn't even care
gideon ang (5 years ago)
i thought that the HETEROMETRUS SWAMERDAMMI is the biggest scorpion in the world?
Nostradamuz Kokeletso (1 year ago)
Don't thought. THINK. That's what my teacher used to say when I said something like that....
Phil McCracken (3 years ago)
+gideon ang One of them hold the largest scorpion size, but typically Emperor's are larger.
Zlatko Popovic (4 years ago)
Rideout (5 years ago)
He just lets it crawl up his arm, over his shoulder and then its gone. And he doesn't even care. I love it
Rockyboy griff (5 years ago)
I want a scorpion now, They are so cute 
2000sDigitalBoy (5 years ago)
Haha, I love how nonchalant he is as the thing is walking up his arm.
Brian Driscoll (5 years ago)
I finally decided to get one. I've owned bearded dragons for a while and I'm ready to take on something else. However, now ALL pet stores in my area are sold out. Ugggg... :(
Herping wrestler (1 year ago)
Brian Driscoll what state
Liltootbrush (3 years ago)
tell me about it
Eternal Rinnegan (5 years ago)
Just got 2 at PETCO but they selling them 30 a piece I remember them being 20 a few month ago
Richard Girod (5 years ago)
Tommy Vreken (5 years ago)
where can you buy them at? I want one
Jeremiah Espinoza (5 years ago)
Pyrofox (5 years ago)
Your local pet store?
hayden camardi (5 years ago)
can u actually get emperor scorpions in Australia ?
Zal Tarantula (4 years ago)
no you cant. aus conservation laws prohibit all non local arachnids 
Zlatko Popovic (4 years ago)
i dont know, mate xD
Wafflez Destroyer (5 years ago)
Why don't you cut the stinger
Zlatko Popovic (4 years ago)
are you stupid or something? the scorpion wouldnt be able to eat (cuz he needs to inject his pray with venom) and die
lol (5 years ago)
you cant just cut off a tail off of a scorpion, like you would nutter a dog, or cut a tail of a boxer, they are different animals
Pyrofox (5 years ago)
then you could just get a tailless whip scorpion
Slider1207 (5 years ago)
Because they use it for hunting.  They don't use it for self defense, so you shouldn't have to worry about being stung. If you can't stand the thought of owning a scorpion with a stinger, don't get a scorpion.
5616steph (5 years ago)
thats where there ass is to they cant live without there stinger
ram zeitouni (5 years ago)
The socking part of this video is seeying the scorpion climbing on the man's back😁😁😁
Tim Lam (5 years ago)
Wait a minute! Where did it go?
Ayy Lmao (5 years ago)
Fucking badass, he dares to hold anything, omg
Redstone_productions (5 years ago)
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Zelious Sigma (5 years ago)
I had one of these a a pet, Darkfire; sadly he got killed because I took him to school for show and tell (Was in 6th grade). It rained, hard. The scorpion drowned.

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