About the Emperor Scorpion
Known scientifically as the Pandinus imperator, the emperor scorpion is a species of scorpion that can mainly be found in the savannas and rain forests of West Africa. It is one of the largest scorpions in the world and it has a lifespan of 6 to 8 years. The emperor scorpion has a black body but like other species of scorpions, it appears to have a glowing green or blue color when viewed under ultraviolet light. Because of its size, elegant appearance, and the fact that it is a relatively safe species of scorpion, the emperor scorpion is commonly kept as a household pet particularly among those who are into keeping exotic animals.
One of the things that you need to know about the emperor scorpion if you want to keep one as a pet is that it usually does not use its sting as a defense mechanism. This is especially true among the adult emperor scorpion. Adolescent emperor scorpions, however, are known to be more aggressive than their more mature counterparts. When it comes to handling prey, these creatures prefer to use their pincers. They can also use these pincers on humans and other larger animals. In general though, emperor scorpions are characterized as having a docile behavior.
Unlike other scorpion species, emperor scorpions are not deadly. They still sting but their sting can be compared to bee stings. Like bee stings however, the sting of emperor scorpions can also cause allergies to some people. This is the reason why handling this kind of animal is not recommended. If you plan to keep one as a pet, you need to be very careful with it. If you need to pick up the scorpion for whatever reason, it is highly recommended that you use forceps with foam.
Care and Habitat
Another reason why many people like to keep emperor scorpions as pets is because of the fact that taking care of one is not at all difficult. As pets, these creatures are fairly low maintenance. But of course, there are still a few things that you one needs to keep in mind if one wants to have a healthy and happy pet. For one, they need the right amount of heat and humidity to survive. It is important for an emperor scorpion to be kept in an environment with a temperature that ranges from 76 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity of around 80%. It is ideal to keep them in a glass tank with cover. They also need a hiding spot inside the tank and a substrate material such as soil that they can dig. Their diet consists mainly of crickets and mealworms and they eat usually at night.