If pet scorpions are your thing, you need to look at the giant desert hairy scorpion. It belongs to the few large scorpion species, but its venom is not deadly so that it’s recommended for beginners. The species come from the south western part of the United Sates, but you can get one from your nearest pet scorpion supplies anywhere in the country.See also:
Why Have a Pet Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Unlike other pet arthropods, giant desert hairy scorpions don’t demand much attention from their owners. Give them proper habitat and food and they wouldn’t bother demanding some quality time together with you. You have to know, however, that giant desert hairy scorpions live up to 20 years in captivity, so long-term commitment is needed from pet owners. All the supplies you need to properly care for your pet scorpion are available from the nearest pet scorpion supplies store, so you should have no problem.
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion Description
Giant desert hairy scorpions can grow from 5.6 to 6 inches. But despite their size, the scorpions’ sting is not deadly to most people.* They got their name “hairy scorpion” from the brown hairs that grow on their body and their pinchers. These hairs help the scorpions hunt their prey by detecting the slightest vibration from the ground and air. But, despite its cunning, the scorpions are generally docile that would rather retreat than put up a fight if it’s not necessary.
Housing Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Giant desert hairy scorpions come from arid, dry desert of Arizona, Nevada, parts of Utah, and California. So housing them means replicating these drier regions in the United States inside a 5 gallon tank, which you can order from online pet supplies store. Put 3 to 4 inches of sand, a piece of creviced rock for hiding, and a very shallow water dish in a 5 gallon tank, and you should be able to use the tank to house one giant desert hairy scorpion. To provide warmth, place a heat mat under the tank that occupies no more than 1/3 of the area. The warmest area in your pet’s tank should be about 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the night.
Feeding Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Giant desert hairy scorpions are fed with spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, feeder cockroach, and other small invertebrates. It’s best to order these feeder insects from online pet supplies store and gut load them with vitamins and minerals before feeding to your pet scorpion. Feed one or two large feeder insect a week to an adult giant desert hairy scorpion, and don’t fret if it skips a meal or two. Scorpions are known to fast on occasions.
Handling Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Handling any type of scorpions by bare hands is generally not advisable especially for young children. If you need to temporarily move your pet to clean its tank, use a deli cup to scoop the scorpion and make sure you cover its temporary container properly to avoid escape.
Tip: In case you lost your pet scorpion, turn off all the light and close the windows and look for your pet using UV light you can buy from pet scorpion supplies store. Scorpions fluoresce under UV light.
During winter, reduce feeding to twice or once a month because giant desert hairy scorpions would rather choose to hide under a warm rock during this time. Scorpions molt 6 to 10 times during their lifetime to shed their old, outgrown shell. Provide extra care to your pet while it’s molting because most deaths happen during this time when your scorpion’s carapace is soft and vulnerable.
*Any scorpion species are not advised for people allergic to bee or ant venom.