Pet Scorpions: Scorpions are an interesting member of the Arachnida class. There are around 2000 species of scorpions. They are distributed south of 49 ° N, with the exception of New Zealand and Antarctica. Scorpions have a wide variety of habitats, from hot, dry deserts to lush rainforests and everywhere in between.
Scorpions are nocturnal hunters, feeding mainly on insects such as crickets, beetles, cockroaches, spiders, millipedes and millipedes. Being nocturnal, some hide under the bark, rocks or leaf litter during the day while others dig burrows and lie there while waiting to go hunting until the darkness of the night. All scorpions are poisonous. Scorpions use their venom to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be eaten. They inject venom by hitting prey with their barbed tails. The effects of the bite can range from mild localized pain to quite severe pain in humans.
The exact lifespan of many species of scorpions is not known but depends on the species they can live from 4 to 20 years. Their size varies as much from 0.5 inch as an adult adult to 8 inches.
Sexing scorpions can be quite difficult. Not only is it difficult to differentiate males and females before maturity, but also in different species, you have to look for different things. More information on the sexing of distinct species to come …
The majority of scorpion species reproduce sexually. Some scorpions, however, reproduce by parthenogenesis, a process in which unfertilized eggs turn into living embryos. Parthenogenic reproduction begins after the final moult of the scorpion until maturity and then continues. Sexual reproduction is achieved by the transfer of a spermatophore from male to female.
Mating begins with the location and identification of males and females using a mixture of pheromones and vibrational communication; once they have convinced themselves that they are of the opposite sex and of the right species, mating can begin.
The courtship begins with the male grabbing the pedipalps of the female with his; the couple then performs a “dance”. The male guides the female to find a suitable place to deposit his spermatophore. When he has identified an appropriate location, he deposits the spermatophore and then guides the female over it.
This allows the spermatophore to enter its genital seal, which triggers the release of sperm, thus fertilizing the female. The mating process can take 1 to 25 hours and more and depends on the male’s ability to find a suitable place to deposit his spermatophore. If the mating takes too long, the female may eventually interrupt the process. Once the mating is complete, it is good to separate the two so that the female tries to eat the male. However, sexual cannibalism doesn’t happen that often.
If you are looking for an animal to hold and play with a scorpion, this is NOT the animal for you. Scorpions should be treated with the utmost care and caution, they will not hesitate to strike if they feel threatened. They make great pets if you intend to study them and monitor their behavior. Be careful, scorpions are still nocturnal and will spend most of their hours hiding, so you may not be able to see them so often. Do your research to decide which type of scorpion is right for you.
Question: What is a good starting scorpion?
Reply: The best scorpion for a beginner is an emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator). These scorpions are large and very docile, perfect for the beginner in the hobby.
Question: Can I hold my scorpion?
Reply: It is never suggested to handle a scorpion. Not only can it be dangerous for you, but it can also stress your scorpion.