Asian Forest Scorpion Care Guide
This is a species of scorpions that belongs to the family of scorpionidae. Its botanical name is Heterometus spinifer which can also be called giant blue Scorpion, Asian forest scorpion, black emperor scorpion, and giant forest scorpion.
There are as many subspecies of Asian forest scorpion. This scorpion uses the hairs on its comb-like structure called the pectines and their pedipalps to obtain sensory and also to feel around.
The Asian forest scorpion can be found beneath logs, rainforest floors, and any debris as shelter. Its venom is not harmful to humans unless the individual is allergic.
Size, Appearance, And Behavior
The Asian forest scorpion is covered in black except for the stinger and the tip of the tail. Its two eyes are at the front of the carapace, while the other 2-5 eyes are situated along the side of the carapace. Just like all arachnids, it has eight(8) legs that are attached to the cephalothorax with a widened pair of pincher-like pedipalps.
The males are known to have longer tails and bigger pitchers than females. The Asian forest scorpion stays put beneath logs all through the day and comes out at night to hunt; it opens its pincers on the pedipalps to hint down its prey.
The size of the male and female lies between 3.5-6 inches. Their lifespan in the wild and captivity is 7-8years. During courtship, the male directs the female with his pedipalps and then goes on to deposit a sperm package, then the female moves over the sperm package picking it with an organ on her abdomen.
Caring For Asian Forest Scorpion
This scorpion thrives in glass enclosures This is because glass allows heat to escape thereby keeping the enclosure cool. Wooden and plastic containers are far too efficient when it comes to retaining heat.
Ensure the terrarium should be at least 300mm in height and length. Since it keeps growing steadily to around 7-8 inches, it is advised to use a large space that is enough for them to move around effortlessly.
The Asian forest scorpion should be kept in a substrate that is at least 2inches; this will give them the freedom to dig or burrow. The recommended substrate soil mix to use for this scorpion is the spider life.
For a more natural look, the enclosure or aquarium can be decorated with artificial plants, a few handfuls of sand, natural wood ornaments, perches, and peat moss that Will look effective for the scorpion.
You can also make use of trailing plants that can be disguised as electrical equipment and wires, they will provide cover for the young scorpions.
These scorpions are carnivores in nature and have a long list of live insects as a diet. The core of their diet should be easy to digest and should be high in protein.
They readily accept brown cricket, black crickets, locust hoppers, spider, and other insects. It is important you clean the enclosure where it is placed every day or two, and remove any uneaten prey since they can attract mites and mold.
Temperature And Humidity
The enclosure/aquarium should maintain a temperature of 70°F-90°F alongside a humidity level of 70%-80%. You can also purchase an under-tank heat pad and place it on the side of the enclosure/aquarium.
Are They Good Feeders?
Yes, they are good feeders. They enjoy being fed with crickets and mealworms. Their young ones feed on small insects and pinhead crickets.