Owning an exotic and unusual pet can be something of a thrill. It is something that is different, stands out and can bring an awful lot of excitement and happiness to the house – until something goes wrong.
In terms of causing personal injuries, some exotic pets are, of course, worse than others. The blind panic caused by an escaped boa constrictor, for example, can lead to slips, trips and falls and even breathing problems. Whilst not all animals carry the same threat and reputation as the strangling snake, many pets can be dangerous and should only be looked after by those competent enough to do so.
One such animal is the scorpion. Don’t let it’s relatively small size fool you, these creatures can pack a serious punch and cause all manner of personal injuries and health problems if insufficient care is taken. One of the most commonly kept scorpions are emperor scorpions. Native to Africa, they have a reputation for being calm and docile. However, that is by the standards of a scorpion. These creatures are not exactly guinea pigs. If you decide that an emperor scorpion is for you, then the following safety tips are a good place to start.
The scorpion should be kept in a glass or plastic tank that boasts a secure lid, good ventilation and room for five to 20 gallons. A heat mat or lamp is a must, but nothing that produces UV as this will both distress and later kill the scorpion. The temperature should be kept at 25 C.
This should be at least three inches deep and consist of cocoa fibre, peat or cork bark. It should be kept moist and allow the scorpion to dig holes for hiding. You should also add plenty of obstacles such as bark, logs and arachnid-safe ceramic items.
Avoid picking your scorpion up directly whenever possible to avoid personal injuries. If you cannot coax it into a container when it needs moving, pick the scorpion up with tweezers just below the sting. Though an emperor’s sting is not as powerful as other scorpions, it can still cause severe discomfort.
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Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown