Scorpions aren’t exactly cuddly, but they’re fascinating to keep as pets. They are quiet, tidy, and need little upkeep. As opposed to other scorpion species, the most common pet scorpions aren’t particularly harmful. Their stings are similar to those of a bee, but some individuals may have extreme anaphylactic reactions.
It is not advisable to handle scorpions. You could be stung or pinched, and your scorpion could be injured by fleeing or dropping. They can only be observed via vivarium for safety measure.
1. Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator)
The Emperor scorpion is the most often recommended scorpion species for beginners to keep as a companion. Many people are only mildly irritated by the venom of this scorpion’s sting, which produces only a minor reaction. Some claim this scorpion is more likely to bite you with its teeth than to sting you, but it won’t attack you until it feels threatened.
It has a large shiny black body with a bumpy, broad pincer.
2. Dictator Scorpion (Pandinus dictator)
The Dictator scorpion is similar to the Emperor scorpion. Its body is massive, and its pincers are extremely strong. However, it is more shy than offensive around humans and prefers to spend much of its time sitting in a burrow. Unlike several scorpions that must be kept separately, the Dictator scorpion may live with other members of its genus, with the exception that several males can war.
It has a stocky dark brown or black body with a broad pinchers.
3. Tanzanian Red-Clawed Scorpion (Pandinus Cavimanus)
The Tanzanian red-clawed scorpion belongs to the same family as the emperor scorpion, but it is much smaller. It is also more aggressive and willing to sting than the emperor scorpion, making it unsuitable for novices. But the venom is harmless like a bee sting. In captivity, red claws can live for up to eight years.
It has black body with rusty red pinchers.
4. Javanese Jungle Scorpion (Heterometrus Javanensis)
The Javanese jungle scorpion, which is native to Indonesian rainforests, will live in captivity for five to eight years. However, it is hostile and territorial. These scorpions more likely use their powerful pincher to defend themselves, but they may readily sting you with a mild venom. They can be held in groups, unlike many other scorpion species, but some can war.
It has a dark brown or black body with a greenish tint.
5. Malaysian Black Scorpion (Heterometrus Spinifer)
The Malaysian black scorpion is a big rainforest scorpion that is more difficult to locate as a pet than the emperor scorpion. It’s much more violent, making it unsuitable for newcomers. It prefers to defend itself with its claws rather than stinging. Since its venom is harmless, causing only minor discomfort and inflammation in most cases, people like to keep it as a pet.
It has shiny black body with a large pincher.
6. Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus Spadix)
The southwestern United States is home to desert furry scorpions. They are skittish as dogs, but if provoked, they will take a defensive stance. Their venom is stronger than the emperor scorpion’s, rendering a bite very painful, so they are not recommended for beginners. These scorpions need a desert environment with a layer of coarse sand.
It has a tan/green body with a darker back. The tail has brown hairs while its claw and legs have yellow coloring.
7. Chilean Chocolate Scorpion (Bothriurus Bonnariensis)
Since they have venom and are somewhat more aggressive than the other scorpion species we discussed above, Chilean Chocolate scorpion, is a kind of pet scorpion for people who have previous knowledge and experience of keeping a pet scorpion for over a year.
It has a dark chocolate colored at its body, pinchers and all the way to the stinger.
8. Israeli Large Clawed Scorpion (Scorpio maurus)
Large-clawed scorpions like to defend themselves with their strong jaws, though they rarely bite. Their poison is slightly unpleasant but not harmful for most people. These scorpions are found in deep burrows in wild deserts and are native to Northern Africa and the Middle East. The condition is impossible to replicate in captivity because it necessitates the right soil depth and moisture content.
It has a brown back with golden to reddish-brown pinchers.
Scorpions to Avoid
There are two genus of scorpion should be wary for since these two can kill a person with their stings. They are not for beginners and cannot be handled easily. Make sure you have more experience or have someone who know how to handle them in a tank for you to observe at home.
9. Bark Scorpion (Centruroides limbatus)
Bark scorpion or “black-edged” is refers to the coloration of the scorpion. It considered deadly as it’s sting can be life-threatening to humans. Their stings produce severe pain, when the area is ‘tapped.’
It has yellowish body with blackish tails, pinchers and limbs. Other color variations are bluish-black and pale yellow-brown.
10. Fat-tail Scorpion (Androctonus)
Fat-tail scorpion has another name, “man killer”. Keeping this scorpion as a pet is dangerous and deadly to humans. Be extra cautious when petting this scorpion species because, while it is not life-threatening, this Pet Scorpion Species can be dangerous enough to have you bedridden for days. They can live for up to 5 years
It has jet black and brown in color.
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