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While they dont appeal to everyone scorpions are a popular choice of those looking for a different or more exotic type of pet.
Scorpion care requires a cage with room, moisture, a place to hide and a water bowl. Feed and mist a scorpion once a week, while avoiding overfeeding, with tips from a pet industry worker and exotic pet enthusiast in this free video on pet care.
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It is with good reason that the Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is so popular among pet-keepers and arachnid fans. One of the largest of the world’s 2000+ scorpions, the Emperor exhibits complex social behaviors, is generally mild-mannered, and breeds readily. However, one should not embark upon scorpion ownership without understanding the nature of these fascinating creatures, and their specific needs. Unrealistic expectations will dampen the experience of both pet and pet keeper. Following are 5 critical points that the prospective scorpion owner should consider.
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I have several scorpions as pets (or better "pets"). They are kept separate since they can be cannibalistic at times. I have seen one scorpion attacking another and eating it some time ago because I put the two together without being aware of this behavior. Some species can live together, but the saying among hobbyist is: scorpions are communal to some degree until they start to eat each other. The degree depends on the species, but also on the individuals.Scorpions as pets Keeping scorpions as pets is becoming increasingly more popular. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and require very little maintenance, much in the way of set up, or care. Try not to disturb your pet until his new exoskeleton hardens. If you have a communal tank, pay close attention to the newly molted scorpion so it is not injured.All scorpions are venomous and do sting. People that have had allergic reactions to other insects should consider another type of pet. There are around 1500 different species of scorpions whose venom toxicity ranges from mild, similar to bee venom, to deadly with about the same range of temperaments. This makes proper identification a safety essential.They can be easily found at pet shops, reptile shows and online dealers and breeders. If you are looking for an interesting and unique pet, a scorpion makes an excellent choice.Feeding your pet scorpion is also easy and inexpensive with the bulk of the diet of most captive scorpions consisting of a few crickets 2 to 3 times weekly. However many scorpion keepers supplement this with meal worms, roaches, moths and other collected insects and some even feed baby mice. A good way to give a nutritional boost to prey insects is to feed them a commercial supplement prior to offering them to your pet scorpion. This is known as gut loading and helps to ensure a balanced diet when only a few varieties of insects make up the menu.