How to Care for Scorpions





Introduction: How to Care for Scorpions

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.

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 "" with regards to long-term care. Hwever, no matter the species, the caresheets on the website will provide useful information.

Step 1: Buy the Stuff

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

Step 2: Putting It Together

Now it is time to put it all together.

Start with your tank, put about 2-3 inches of sand (or other suitable substrate depending on species and origin of the scorpion) in it and place your bark, rocks and branches/sticks in the tank (make sure you leave plenty of space for the scorpion to walk around, but you can put as many leaves in as you want)

Next, Place the dish in the corner of the tank and wet the cotton wool (make sure it is VERY wet) and put it on the dish. This is the easiest way to ensure that your scorpion does not drown.

Step 3: Give Your Scorpion a Home

Carefully place your scorpion in the tank as well as a few (2-4) crickets/cockroaches in the tank as well. You will need to put some carrot in the tank for the crickets or cockroaches so they don't die.

FACT: Scorpions will glow under a UV or "black" light.

Step 4: The Finished Product


You've finished your scorpion enclosure. You scorpion will be very happy.

Good Luck with your scorpion.

P.S. You can keep up to eight in a terrarium the size of the one I have. But you can keep 2-3 in a small sized tank. However, I would personally recommend that you only keep one scorpion per tank to avoid any conflict between tank-mates.

Step 5: WARNING!

Scorpions can be very dangerous and some can be deadly so it is a good idea to do some research on them first.

Also, if you don't like arachnids, don't get a scorpion because they are arachnids, but remember, they are NOT spiders.

P.S. Some scorpions are very poisonous but be very care because even if they are not very poisonous, you COULD be allergic to their venom.

The scorpion used in this instructable is the Australian Flat Rock Scorpion (Yes, Australia does have scorpions) and it is not deadlybut the sting is very painful (Trust me, I know from experience).



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    25 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Do you know of an easy way to find out what species the scorpion is? Because I have no idea, and all i can say about it is that it is a brownish black,and that it was found in the forest in the mountains in Central California.

    Scorpion can leave it without few days??

    appreciate the info now my new friend has a place to stay

    Very nice article BT! I love caring for these guys!
    My Site -

    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

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    Scorpions may kill their prey with pedipalps on occasions, however, a scorpion's venom is used to primarily kill or paralyses its prey.

    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.

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    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.

    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).

    Technically, they would be venomous. Mostly scorpions from the family Buthidae are the ones that are fatal to humans.

    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.

    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

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    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.