9 Cool Facts & Care Tips for Red Claw Scorpions

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

In the pet world, our favorite scorpion certainly is the emperor. And a very close cousin of the emperor is the red claw. It’s found a little bit in the middle part of Africa, not northern where the emperors are. It looks very similar to an emperor. I just have a small one here today, a little baby guy.

The sting is a little bit worse than the emperor. And the scorpion itself, although it’s very popular and it’s out there, it’s sometimes labeled "emperor" scorpions in certain pet stores. You’ve got to be careful of that. But it’s the red claw that’s got much more of an attitude. It’s much quicker to sting than the emperor is. It doesn’t get quite as big, but its mechanism to deliver its venom, meaning its stinger, is elongated on this species.

So, a sting from this is certainly going to be a painful experience, hopefully, not a fatal one. It doesn’t have that bad of a toxic venom, but you should be a little more careful with this than you are with the emperor. Like all arachnids, this scorpion is an eight-legged creature. It uses its formidable claws to go find its prey. A series of hairs covering its claws will help it act like a feeler when, as it goes through in the night, it bumps into things with the little hairs and feels what it is. If it’s something it can subdue, it’ll grab it with its very strong claws. If it’s too big for it to handle, over the top comes the tail.

The stinger will repeatedly envenomate the animal, kill it, and actually start to digest the creature that it has just stung, that usually being another exoskeleton animal like an insect. But a big scorpion can take out a fairly large animal if it wants to. They’ve been known to fight small snakes, lizards, etc. So, this is an animal I would put up there on the list. If you were an inexperienced user, I would put it down one or two notches from the emperor scorpion, but definitely one that’s readily available, straightforward to keep. Dry environment with a wet burrow is usually the way we like to keep these. You’ll find them in the country of Tanzania if you’re ever in Africa. The red clawed scorpion.