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On this page it well tell you about Emperor scorpions.....

These scorpions are NOT deadly! They are no more harmful than a bee and are extremely docile. However, always handle with caution to avoid being stung.

HABITAT :Emperor scorpions are found in the hot tropical forests and savannas of Africa. Like all scorpions, they like to burrow beneath the soil and can be found under rocks and other debris.

Food:Emperor scorpions feed on almost anything in the wild, including insects, arachnids, mice and lizards. In captivity they are fed crickets, mealworms, woodlice, butterworms, and pinkie mice. The young are fed crushed up pinhead crickets.

Size: 6in/15cm. Adult scorpions can be between 12 and 15 centimetres long.

Life: up to 8 years or some times longer.

Vision:Scorpions can have between six and twelve eyes. Two of the eyes are in the middle of its back. The rest are on the front sides of it's head. Even so, they can't see very well. Instead, they can feel the smallest vibrations of other animals moving in the darkness.

LIGHTING: a light is not necessary. Thay really like dark not light tanks. So have hiding places in the tank.

ENCLOSURE:Any glass aquarium or "Carry-Pal" type containers work well. 5 Emperor Scorpions can comfortably fit into a 10-gallon aquarium. They will do a minimal amount of climbing, but a few branches and rocks situated properly will not only give them a secure hiding place, but will enhance the look enclosure as well.

Sexing: First of all, it is usually only possible to determine the sex of adult scorpions. Juveniles generally look the same for both sexes. Subadults of both sexes usually look like females. Adult males and females can vary in a number of characters. Sometimes the most obvious is the general difference in body shape and size. Males tend to be smaller and thinner, with relatively longer metasoma and pedipalps than females of the same species. Often there is some allometric growth in the pedipalps of the males so that they are larger, longer, or thicker than those of the female. The PECTENS of males are usually longer than those of the female and bear larger and more PECTINAL TEETH. Males of many species have a pair of genital papillae that protrude from beneath the GENITAL OPERCULA. In some species there are additional differences between the sexes in the GENITAL OPERCULUM and BASAL PIECE.

 

 

 

 

go here to see a pic of a male & female.

here is some on breeding & a pic or 2 but when you get there go to "scorpeon in brief" to see it.

Breeding & young:The male scorpion grasps the female. He lays a sperm packet on a ground or a piece of wood. Then he drags the female over the sperm packet and she draws it into her. In some species of scorpion, by the end of mating, all that is sometimes left of the male scorpion is a few pieces of hard shell. The rest is gone. It has been eaten by the female. The young are not born for many months; often between six and twelve depending on the species of scorpion. The baby scorpions are born alive. There are usually more than a dozen babies. They crawl out of their mother's body  through a small opening just behind the mother's head. The babies are white. They cling to their mother's back and are carried around by her until they are old enough to care for themselves, usually a couple of weeks or until they molt for the first time. Sometimes the mother will eat a few of her babies.The young will molt about six times until they are fully grown. (Molting means they shed their hard skin. Their skin does not grow with their body, so they shed their skin and grow a new one.) It might take eighteen months or more before they are fully grown and capable of breeding.


 

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