Now that you have decided to get a pet scorpion it’s time to acquire all the supplies you will need to house him and create a proper habitat. You should have your pet’s new cage ready before you bring him home. Below is a list of the supplies that will be needed. This is a general care sheet. For more information on a specific species there is a list of popular pet scorpions in the sidebar.
You will need a locking screen top tank. A 5 -10 gallon tank is fine for one or two scorpions. A 15-20 gallon tank will be needed if keeping a communal colony.
Emperor Scorpions (Pandinus imperator) are from West Africa. They live and thrive in hot, humid regions. Not aggressive. Sting hurts, but venom is generally harmless. A lot of people keep them as “pets.”
For tropical scorpions you will need Eco-earth, bed-a-beast, or similar substrate. For desert scorpions you may use commercial play sand as a substrate.
A hide area:
Driftwood and logs available at most pet stores work well for this.
A shallow water dish.
Optional decorations available at pet stores may be added to the cage if you desire to make it a more attractive and natural looking habitat.
An under-the-tank heat pad should be provided on one side of the tank.
Specific lighting is not required for scorpions because they are nocturnal. A light can be used to create a day and night cycle.
Gut loaded crickets and other insects for feeding.