I am a secondary Science teacher and have recently acquired a fairly large
(about 4-5 inches long and roughly 1and 1/2 inches across at his/her widest
point) Emperor Scorpion to keep in the classroom. I also have a Rose Haired
Tarantula and a Giant Millipede. I am hoping to find answers to the following
1. I have not attempted to handle the scorpion yet and the salesman who sold
him to me was not experienced with these animals and had little information to
offer. Is it feasible to handle this species and if so, what is the safest,
least irritating to the scorpion, way to approach doing this? I realize that
this creature is not like a puppy or kitten kind of pet which needs and invites
a lot of human contact, but it would be great, however, to be able to take it
out occasionally to show the students or let it explore a little.
2. How do I determine the sex?
3. Are these creatures better left as solitary or would it perhaps enjoy the
company of another?
3. I know that these scorpions, unlike a few other species, do not possess a
venom that could pose much threat if stung, unless perhaps in the event an
allergic reaction to it. I am just wondering how bad the sting feels if it does
in fact occur. My tarantula bit the hell out of me once when I had to catch it
following its tank being knocked over by my cat. I imagine this was mostly due
to the preceeding and probably somewhat traumatic "dumping" of his home, rather
than a mean disposition. To add insult to injury, after the extremely painful
bite (BIG spider, BIG fangs!), she turned around and fired those "***hairs"
off of her abdomen at me which made for a red, stingy and excrutiatingly itchy
face and neck. It felt a lot like when you get those invisible cactus spines or
fiberglass shards in your skin..not pleasant, not at all!
Does anyone know what the scorpion sting feels like, what should be done as
first aid in the event of being stung, and whether or not the scorpion might
suffer any injury that needs to be checked out after stinging something so
large as a human?
All responses are most appreciated and thank you in advance for any and all