Animal Stories - Emperor Scorpion

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The Black Emperor Scorpion is the ideal starter pet for a scorpion enthusiast!
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Anonymous - 2012-01-17
About a month ago a purchased 2 scorps later finding out one was male and the other female, I found this out by my scorp always shakeing by my girlfriends scorp but instead of mateing she would attack and sting him everytime he got near her cove and the only time she came out of here hide out was to attack the male, I heard that scorpions will fight from time to time so I didn't think much of it until I found she had killed my male scorpion. Are these signs that she is pregnant ? She is rather fat and has a couple burrows but idk. Maybe someone else does?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-17
    This is quite unfortunate, however Emperor Scorpions are generally best housed alone, unless they have ample space. Additionally, they also need to be fed in larger amounts whenever there are more Scorpions in the same habitat, due to the fact that they can turn cannibalistic. Scorpions can be difficult to sex, and what you may have had, was actually two male Scorpions. In the meantime, the gestation period of Scorpions is quite lengthy being up to 7 months. In the meantime, continue to care for the Scorpion properly.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-17
    Well it's quite possible that this other one is a male but it is much larger than any of the male scorpions I have seen and the tank is very large in the length wise , plus I feed them with tongs 2 crickets every 2-3 days . I guess time well tell
miguel - 2012-01-26
Hey people I need some help I have 2 pregnant scorpions and 1 had died. And my question is how do you take care of a pregnant emperor ? And yes I put crickets in but there do look to be eating it because it's still there...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-26
    People have written in and stated their scorpion stopped eating and then would create a web/burrow and then lay an egg sac. This might be the start for your litle gal. I don't know how you care for a pregnant scorpion except have faith that she knows what she is doing.
Anonymous - 2012-01-20
If you have a pregnant emperor scorpion in a tank and you put a male in there with her will she kill the male scorp? I know they kill the male after mateing but if she's already pregnant will she ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    These animals are loners. Females will live with and care for their young, but an adult is a different matter. They should be kept separately.
lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-20
Hi I've had my scorpion for about 6 month already and about 2 days ago I came home and found him laying sideways almost on his back as if it was dying, I got very scared so I put him back on his stomach and changed his water and house stuff, now he's very sluggish and I've noticed he's not eating and not moving at all, I'm terrified of losing him, read they molt and I haven't seen him doing that and I stop over feeding him but he also is losing a leg like once a month and I know he is stressed because I've always had a light on for him, please please what should I do I don't want to lose him and I can't find a vet that take scorpions

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Sounds like the fella is going into his first molt. Age is right and that is what it sounds like. They become very lethargic and stop eating.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    I am sorry your little guy passed. It is hard but you don't know for sure what happened and some things are just hard to know.
  • lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-21
    Yea your %100 percent right, but I guess I didn't have the temeture just right for him and he couldn't molt becuse of me not knowing what I'm doing now I found him upside side down I think I'vee cried like 2 hours but well learn for next time!
  • lizmarie colbert - 2011-12-21
    Well thanks it nice to know there people out there who care about scorpions just as if they where dogs or cat but yea I'll be fine. I just can't wait till I go and get me I think they are the best animals a person could have Thanks
Anonymous - 2011-09-19
I am looking for 1 or 2 baby emperor scorpions

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  • dustin - 2011-09-26
    Hey this is Dustin, I've got 8 babies they were born about a month and a half ago. They quite haven't come into there 2nd molt but they are almost black. I live in Fort Worth, Texas. If your intrested let me know.
  • Matheus - 2011-10-13
    hi, I'm looking for some emperor scorpions to buy, please contact me at
  • michael hayden - 2011-11-18
    Hey Dustin, I just want to let you know that you dont need a heat lamp. I have a black emporor myself and he adapts to normal room temps.
dustin - 2011-09-05
Ok I bought an emperor scorpion and she had babies bout 2 weeks after I bought her. I just want to know how to keep the humidity at a normal level. I can't seem to get to stay at a high level. I use the shreaded coconut stuff. Least that's what they told me to use at the pet store. The humidity stays bout 40% to 65 70% bout and hr after I mist the cage. I also have a small heatin pad under one side of the tank. Is there anything else or anything different I need to do? The babies are bout to come into their first molt and I don't want any of them to die much less her so if theres anything I can do different please let me know please asap. Thanks!!! Dustin'

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-06
    You can add a small flat dish of water, filled with marbles or stones to add additionally humidity. You can also add some wet paper towel to create additional humidity. Good luck and congratulations. Relax she probably knows what she is doing
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  • tfleming - 2011-06-27
    Are you able to tell if any are females yet? If so I would really like one. Do you think it would survive a trip to Texas?

brandi horr - 2010-10-10
We recently had a scorpion but one morning I came out and she was dead. She had drowned herself in her water dish! I'm only assuming she drowned herself due to that's where I found her lifeless body. Any idea how this happened? We had sprayed her cage everyday, fed her every 3-4 days. More if she still seemed hungry. Cleaned her tank every few days.

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  • Jesse - 2011-03-18
    I also have an emperor scorpion. I was told if you put a wet sponge in the bowl they will get the water from that. With no water just the wet sponge. Maybe that's the difference. Maybe I get over my fear of holding it.
  • patrick86 - 2011-03-30
    I use "gut load" cricket water. It's kind of like tiny pieces of what looks like gel but it's water packed with vitamins. Scorpions drink it and can't drown in it.
willie dean - 2011-01-13
I've had my scorpion for a couple of months now and I'm still not to sure on a couple of things because of the little info given at the pet store. I'm not sure about the whole, where the sand and moss goes. And how often to feed it. One last thing can I really feed it mice?

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  • Your reply - 2011-01-15
    Hi, well I'll try to fill in the blanks...You can feed it a pinkie feeder once in a great great while, while most people typically over feed their scorpions...they're not big eaters. Adults eat every 3-5 days a cricket or 2, babies eat pinhead cricks 2-4 days. The sand goes on the ground my friend, whereas the moss is to provide moisture and retain it so you don't have spray as much. Moss should go on all the wood furnishings you have.
  • David - 2011-01-24
    I have three emperor's and have for some time now. One is male and two females. The females both are pregnant and should be due soon. I have peat moss for bottom layer and moss for top layer of bottom of tank. I feed only about 20 crickets once a month sometimes I give them thirty. Also give meal worms as a treat once in a while and you can feed them small mice but your taking a chance if the scorpion does not kill and eat right away that the mice might hurt your scorpion. It's not worth the risk to me. I stick with store bought crickets and super worms only.
cassandra h from tucson - 2008-01-31
I bought an emperor scorpion today an I really wanna handle it but I know I should let it adjust to its home first. I really wanna sex it and find out what it is. I'm super nervous and am afraid its going to starve or something bad will happen to it. I'm glad i found this page because it has given me ALOT of information that the worker at the pet store didn't. I definitely need a bigger tank. I need to know how should I keep the tank nice and humid, just mist the moss?... Well if you have any pointers, (please add them). Thanks alot

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  • anon - 2011-01-15
    Well P. emp's are the biggest species of scorpion so a 10g tank is big enough for 1-2 (pending, if hostile remove). They won't starve, however they will die very easily when stressed by LOUD NOISES SUCH AS RADIOS, provide a very quiet environment :). Adults eat every 3-5days. Most houses are around 70-80degrees F so shouldn't need an under tank heater, 78F is suggested, get yourself a humidity gauge/temp from online and spray the tank accordingly, humidity should be around 70-80 as well as temp. As far as handling if you put your hand down in the tank and it shows aggressive behanvior such as open pincers and fast movements then leave it be, if it's calm should walk on your hand, if it's hidden don't put your hand in front of the hide, most likely it will zap you. Overfeeding will cause death* temp also is a factor in behavior.