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Emperor & Asian Forest Scorpion

Scientific Name:Emperor: Pandinus imperator
Asian Forest: Heterometrus longimanus
Lifespan: Over 3 years
Size: 4-6 inches
Diet:Insectivore
Handling Ease:Fair

FOOD

  • A scorpion’s diet should consist of:
    • 100% appropriately sized* insects (crickets or mealworms), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets and superworms.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 10 gallon tank with screen cover or small glass reptile habitat.
  • Reptile Bark substrate
  • No basking light is needed (room temperature is fine)
  • No UVB light is needed
  • Hide cave
  • Shallow water bowl
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • Scorpions should be misted at least once daily.

Behavior/Handling

  • These two species are considered some of the largest scorpions in the world.
  • All scorpions store venom in the tip of their tail. The general rule with scorpions is that the smaller the scorpion, the more potent the sting.
  • Emperor scorpions do not sting often, but they will pinch with their claws.
  • Asian forest scorpions are a little more temperamental than their African cousins.
  • It is not recommended to mix Emperors with Asian Forest scorpions, but each species can be housed in groups.
  • Female scorpions make very good mothers – they will feed and protect their babies, all while carrying the babies on their backs.
  • When put under a blacklight, both species will fluoresce (glow) blue.
  • Although they can be handled by experienced keepers, it is best to keep handling to a minimum to reduce to possibility of being stung.