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Emperor Scorpion Question

Post by Y Gina » Tue, 05 Oct 1999 04:00:00



HiEveryone,

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
questions:

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?

and lastly,

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
replies.

Best Regards,
Gina

 
 
 

Emperor Scorpion Question

Post by Ssssnakebi » Tue, 05 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>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?

Emperor scorpions are the most docile species available.  You can pick them up
and handle them all you want pretty much.

Quote:
>2. How do I determine the sex?

If you look under the scorpion you will see two comb-like 'feelers' behind the
4th pair of legs.  These are called 'pectines.'  They are sensory organs which
the scorpions uses to detect low frequency ground vibrations.  Scorpions with
longer 'feathers' on their pectines are males.  Females have smaller
'feathers.'  I'm pretty sure it's that way.

Quote:
>3. Are these creatures better left as solitary or would it perhaps enjoy the
>company of another?

Emperor scorpions can live several to a tank.  

Quote:
>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.

With the Emperor scorpion, the reaction (assuming you're not allergic to the
venom) is very minimal.  They rarely use their stinger (even when catching
prey), but if they do sting you, it's nothing more than a mere bee sting.
Other's may have different reactions though.

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Emperor Scorpion Question

Post by Leslie Fo » Tue, 05 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Pease dont handle the scorpion
1they dont like it
2 you might be allergic
3 how do you tell if it is in a bad mood until it stings you
4 a pet shop owner was taking the***out of me for moving a scorpion by
putting it in a tub to mve it to its new cage .One week later he tried it
using his bare hands ,he got stung and had a sever headache for a week
afterwards .He now uses my way.Its not worth the risk.
They can be kept as groups but if more than one male is present then they
will fight to the death at some stage .

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Emperor Scorpion Question

Post by tomm » Tue, 05 Oct 1999 04:00:00


i have been stung by one of my emperor scorpions i think it hurt like
hellif it feels like a bee sting it must be a pretty big bee i keep
several to a tank unless a female is pregnet
i dont readly hold mine but i can if i need too
i would not take it out unless i new i could keep the childern from
being stung   its just my opion

THE ONE THE ONLY MR. TARANTULA

 
 
 

Emperor Scorpion Question

Post by Matt » Wed, 27 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Your new friend is relatively harmless, however, a small number of people
are very allergic to the venom, so handling is not recommended, in fact,
handling of any arachnid is not advised, for the animals sake if not the
handler! as you say, they are not fluffy puppies, and their concept of us is
anticipated as anything but affectionate! as for the millipede, I can not
advise, but certainly for the arachnids, please limit your students to
observation only, if only for the animals sake!
Should you wish for any further arachnid on line info and pictures, please
feel free to contact me.
Matt.
Quote:

>HiEveryone,

>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
>questions:

>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?

>and lastly,

>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
>replies.

>Best Regards,
>Gina