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Emperor Scorpion, Pandinus imperator

emperor scorpionIntroduction Emperor Scorpions are large, impressive, and hardy scorpions that average 4-5 inches. They are from tropical Africa and can be found in the Togo and Ghana regions. They are terrestrial, and can be found under dead leaf litter, bark and fallen trees limbs. Because of their size, they continue to impress hobbyists. If you are choosing a scorpion, the Emperor may be the choice for you.

Acclimation and Quarantine As the majority of captive scorpions are kept singly, acclimation and quarantine enclosures are not generally used to the same degree as they are with reptiles. We do recommend quarantining all incoming breeders before breeding attempts are made.

Housing A single specimen may be comfortably kept in a 2 to 5 gallon cage. Glass, plastic and Tupperware are all acceptable enclosures. If you choose to utilize Tupperware, a few small holes should be drilled along the side for ventilation. An inch or two of shredded coconut husk, mixed with some mulch at a ratio of 2:1 respectively will make an good substrate. You my choose to put a thin layer of sphagnum moss on the top if you choose. Despite popular belief, these are forest dwelling scorpions and do not fare well on sand, as the sand gets between the joints and creates lessons due to friction. The enclosure may be decorated with one or two flat pieces of bark, a branch or two and some artificial foliage. These scorpions like to hide and burrow, so be sure not to put anything heavy in the enclosure, as they may attempt to borrow under that object just to have it crush them.

Heating and Lighting Temperatures should be maintained between 75-85 degrees F during the day time with a slight drop during the night. Often times, room temperature is adequate. If not, the use of a a small heat pad (1-3 watts) or a fluorescent light will provide the proper heat. Exposure to UV is not necessary for Emperor Scorpions. If you do not have any issues maintaining temperatures, the ambient light from the room will be more than sufficient in providing light for the scorpion. Exposing the scorpion to a black light will cause the scorpion to appear an eery neon green, however prolonged exposure to black light can cause eye damage.

Feeding The majority of their diet consists of crickets. Meal worms and small pinkies may be offered on occasion as well. Food items should be gut loaded when possible. Food should be offered 3 to 4 times a week for adults and daily for juveniles. Do not keep a lot of crickets in the cage at one time, as they may cause injury or death to a sleeping scorpion.

A Note on Venom While the venom of an Emperor Scorpion is not considered to be dangerous to most people, there is a possibility of some swelling, numbness and stiffening of muscles. Be warned that if you are allergic to bee stings, you have a higher risk of being allergic to a scorpions sting. Safe handling procedures should be practiced, and tools should be used.