The emperor scorpion as a pet
Many people want to have exotic pets, different from the usual ones such as the emperor scorpion, an invertebrate that certainly does not leave anyone indifferent.
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Before adopting an animal like this we must inform ourselves adequately about its care, what we must do to have it in our house and most importantly: whether or not its sting is poisonous.
Find out everything you need to know about the emperor scorpion as a pet before you adopt one in this Animal Expert article and find out whether or not it is the right pet.
How is the emperor scorpion?
This invertebrate comes from Africa and the truth is that the trend in homes is increasingly popular. For this reason it is not difficult to find it, whatever the country where you find it.
It has a large size since the females can reach up to 18 centimeters (the males about 15) and are very peaceful specimens , a reason many people decide to adopt. They are bright black in color although they may have slightly different tones. As a rule, they do not usually use their sting, not even to kill their prey, they prefer their huge, powerful tweezers.
The sting of this animal is not deadly for humans, however if we receive one it can cause a great sensation of pain. It is also possible that some people may have allergies. Of course we should not leave it to the children for obvious reasons.
It is still not recommended to have an emperor scorpion for several reasons:
- Without knowing we can be allergic to your poison, and this can be deadly
- It is protected by the CITES Convention since it is in danger of extinction
- Most of the copies are probably from illegal trafficking.
These are some of the main reasons why the Animal Expert is against the tendency of this animal as a pet inside a home.
Care of the emperor scorpion
This invertebrate does not require great care or dedication, this is because it is a very resistant specimen and can live up to 10 years in freedom, a number that is reduced in captivity and the five years the hope of living average in this case.
We must provide you with a large terrarium , so the bigger it is, the better our tenant lives and the better you can move.
The decor should be simple and simulate your natural environment by adding a warm color gravel base (they love digging) of at least 5 inches thick. Small torches and branches should also be part of the decoration.
Another very important consideration to take into account is the need to set a stable temperature between 25ºC and 30ºC. Also requires a humidity of 80%.
Finally, we must emphasize the importance of placing the terrarium in a space away from drafts but with ventilation and natural light.
Cleaning the emperor scorpion habitat will be unusual since they are animals that do not tend to get very dirty. We must be careful to pick it up and remove it from the terrarium always with care and without stress, paying attention to the sting.
Feeding of the emperor scorpion
It should be fed between 1 to 2 times a week with insects, the most common is to give you crickets although there are also other possibilities in specialty shops, as is the case of cockroaches and beetles. Ask the nearest Petshop what they have to offer you.
In the same way, the emperor scorpion will need to hydrate with water. To do this place a container with water in the terrarium, with little height of water so that it can not drown. Another option may be to soak a little cotton with water.
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- Remember that it is a protected species. Make sure that you are not encouraging the trafficking of animals using refuges or certified breeders.