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The number one animal in the pet world in the scorpion world is certainly the emperor scorpion. This is the largest scorpion species on the planet and thankfully, and the reason it's so popular in the pet world, it's also got one of the most mild venoms. A sting from a scorpion of this size is the equivalent of a bee sting, so we have nothing to worry about in case of a sting. More worried really about the claws of this guy as it's got some really Popeye looking arms there. He can really grab onto you with his formidable claws, and that might hurt a little bit. But otherwise, the animal is fairly benign. He's not going to hurt anyone. They're native to North Africa so they come from that area of the world where they might live in a desert environment, but they like a cool burrow.
They like to have a little moisture in their enclosure. But it's a very simple thing to keep. A 10-gallon tank is plenty - the bigger the better, we always say. But 1o-gallons, they can live their whole lives. A giant one will get 10 inches or possibly more in size. This guy is a real healthy aggressive who is really cruising around here, checking out the scene including me. He is a predator who is going to come out at night. A nocturnal predator. And again, he uses his arms with those little hairs on his claws to find his prey. That's what he does. He'll bound around in the sand looking for something. He feels it with his hairs. He will grab it with his claws and the stinger then comes over and takes care of business. Not every time he catches something does he use his venom, and he's never going to use his venom to defend himself. If he wants to defend himself it'll be claws and/or fleeing, and he is prey to so many different animals.
A lot of different things in that area of the world would eat a scorpion, including people. He's an edible animal. Probably good with a little garlic and oil I would think, right? An animal of this size. Very similar in texture and feel to a lobster or a crab because of his exoskeleton. And of course scorpions are, the animal that the scorpion that most people could recognize because they're so popular and prevalent in the pet world. If I was going to buy something for my young child, an emperor scorpion would be the one to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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".
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.
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