9 Cool Facts & Care Tips for Emperor Scorpions

Learn nine cool facts about Emperor Scorpions and how to take care of them from Jungle Bob in this Howcast video.

The number one animal in the pet world in the scorpion world is certainly the emperor scorpion. This is the largest scorpion species on the planet and thankfully, and the reason it’s so popular in the pet world, it’s also got one of the most mild venoms. A sting from a scorpion of this size is the equivalent of a bee sting, so we have nothing to worry about in case of a sting. More worried really about the claws of this guy as it’s got some really Popeye looking arms there. He can really grab onto you with his formidable claws, and that might hurt a little bit. But otherwise, the animal is fairly benign. He’s not going to hurt anyone. They’re native to North Africa so they come from that area of the world where they might live in a desert environment, but they like a cool burrow.

They like to have a little moisture in their enclosure. But it’s a very simple thing to keep. A 10-gallon tank is plenty – the bigger the better, we always say. But 1o-gallons, they can live their whole lives. A giant one will get 10 inches or possibly more in size. This guy is a real healthy aggressive who is really cruising around here, checking out the scene including me. He is a predator who is going to come out at night. A nocturnal predator. And again, he uses his arms with those little hairs on his claws to find his prey. That’s what he does. He’ll bound around in the sand looking for something. He feels it with his hairs. He will grab it with his claws and the stinger then comes over and takes care of business. Not every time he catches something does he use his venom, and he’s never going to use his venom to defend himself. If he wants to defend himself it’ll be claws and/or fleeing, and he is prey to so many different animals.

A lot of different things in that area of the world would eat a scorpion, including people. He’s an edible animal. Probably good with a little garlic and oil I would think, right? An animal of this size. Very similar in texture and feel to a lobster or a crab because of his exoskeleton. And of course scorpions are, the animal that the scorpion that most people could recognize because they’re so popular and prevalent in the pet world. If I was going to buy something for my young child, an emperor scorpion would be the one to go.