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Scorpions are very unusual pets, however more and more people have become acustom to owning something unique, so why not get a unique pet to? Scorpions are easily one of the easiest pets you can own, however some care must be taken to ensure that you enjoy keeping your scorpion and your scorpion enjoys and thrives in its new enclosure.

Here is the basic set up for a scorpion, however, my terrarium is large compared to most housing a single invertebrate.

NOTE:
Due to the varying species of scorpions, it is best for you to research the long-term care of your specific species. If you own Australian species of scorpion, I'd advise you to look at "http://www.thegreenscorpion.com.au/showconcats.toy?cnid=44056" with regards to long-term care. Hwever, no matter the species, the caresheets on the website will provide useful information.
 
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If you want to keep scorpions you need to have somewhere to keep them and you will need some things to put in it.

The things you need are:
1) A tank (terrarium or fish tank with a sealable lid with vents)
2) Sand or other substrate such as Coco-Peat (must be clean, try your local pet shop or online)
3) Leaves, bark, small sticks, rocks (anything a scorpion can hide under or climb on but ensure they are clean)
4) A very small dish
5) Cotton wool
6) Crickets or cockroaches (food)
7) Your scorpion(s)

You will also need a terrarium heater light to heat the tank and provide UV light to the scorion.

P.S Small scorpions can climb on glass, so if you get small scorpions make sure you get a tararium that is "escape" proof
eatteyah5 months ago

Amazing , Modular and economic ..

Very nice article BT! I love caring for these guys!
My Site - http://thescorpionhobby.com
todell11 year ago
People who need to read a how to guide won't be keeping dangerous species
most easy to house and care for species are heavy forest scorpions like Heterometrus and Pandinus, who use their huge palps to kill prey, not their venom
Big Trev (author)  todell11 year ago
Scorpions may kill their prey with pedipalps on occasions, however, a scorpion's venom is used to primarily kill or paralyses its prey.
Nyanman1 year ago
Nice. Since this is care and not just housing, will you be adding some things as to the feeding of, basic health issues that you can look out for, and things like that?
Those would be awesome to have as well.
Big Trev (author)  Nyanman1 year ago
I will add some general care information, but since scorpions vary in species and origin, it would be best if people research their particular species' care information. Here is a useful link regarding a variety of Australian Scorpions.

http://www.thegreenscorpion.com.au/showconcats.toy?cnid=44056
todell13 years ago
no scorpion is poisonous !
Big Trev (author)  todell11 year ago
While some scorpions are not dangerously venomous, you shold use caution with them whenever handling them. How does a scorpion kill rey? By using a venom injected when it stings its prey. However, as is the case within Australia, it is extremely difficult to obtain a seriously venomous scorpion.

Here is an example (Indian Red Scorpion). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hottentotta_tamulus
Technically, they would be venomous. Mostly scorpions from the family Buthidae are the ones that are fatal to humans.
todell13 years ago
scorpions can't climb clean glass
flamesbane4 years ago
There is no need for the cotton in the water dish, just make sure it isn't too big and is shallow. You scorpion is not going to drown in a shallow dish, and the cotton promotes the growth of bacteria and fungus' that can kill your scorpion.
victorsli5 years ago
awesome i have got one hunstaman spider, and the tank has sticks bowl with  wet wools, moths, and a cave, but the cave is using almost all the space of the tank, wat things smaller than a cave about 9-13 cm can i use for my spider to hide in?
and wat else should i put there? thnx
Big Trev (author)  victorsli5 years ago
good question... it really depends on the size of the tank, try apiece of drift wood or something similar because all they really need is somewhere that they can take shelter and hunt... If you go to a petshop they may have a plastic shelter for hermit crabs or other pets (the orange rock in my instructable is plastic and is actually for a lizard)

As for adding things to your tank, sometimes simpler is better... Spiders don't really need to much but by the sounds of your tank, some sticks and the cave (or something similar) with the bowl with wool is plenty... if it looks a bit bare, add some dried leaves and maybe a few little rocks....

Anyway, I hope this helped you and your spider... And don't hesitate to email me if you need to.

Cheers
Trevor
okwhen6 years ago
If the animal was born into the wild then let it live in the wild.
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Ahhh! Unreal Christ! What the Hell?!?! Creepy as hell
aww that is so cute is it a naked mole rat
Big Trev (author)  okwhen6 years ago
I agree
Nasatara5 years ago
theas things hurt!! i have been stung twice and boath times when I was sleeping I live in westerin china and (in our county) they live on the southerin slopes. the problem is that they go into the house in the fall looking for heat and go out in spring. so watch yourself..
Just a scorpion heads up...Not all types of scorpion can live together. Some will tear each other apart, others do fine. Anyone who wants to keep scorpions should do research on the particular breed. You also need to consider things like humidity and temperature gradiant in the enclosure. If you put an emperor scorpion in the enclosure you have created, it would not live very long at all. They are jungle scorpions that need a higher humidity to survive. For the type of scorp you have, it looks great. Lots of area for them to explore and exercise. Nice instructable!
Big Trev (author)  GwydTUnusual6 years ago
That's right, you should do yor research before you get your scorpons. P.S. Thanks for the comment!!!!!!
I was actually thinking of scorpions just before I came across this. My friend was going to get a pet scorpion if he got all Cs or better. Sadly, this didn't happen.
Big Trev (author)  masterochicken6 years ago
Well, I hope this helps you.