When I first got my Emperor Scorpion, well over a year ago, I was advised
it is not necessary to heat the cage in any way as normal room temps are
fine even in Winter. Last Winter (s)he basically spent 4 or so months in
hiding, did not eat, and only emerged occasionally to drink. Only toward
Spring did it start to emerge & feed regularly. Now that Winter is
approaching again, I'm thinking I may need some sort of heating system
after all. I'm wondering whether others heat their Emperor cages, & if so,
by what means?
I am especially concerned this time as there was quite a long period of
inactivity/fasting in mid-Summer. About early Sept, after I had all but
given up hope, (s)he started to come out & eat regularly again. All seems
fine now, but I'm worried that it couldn't weather another long period of
fasting so soon after the last (I never did understand why this happened
Also, my scorp will seldom take the usual pet store crickets. I've been
feeding the large, black wild-caught crickets, med grasshoppers, katydids,
& moths. None of these are readily available in the Winter months, plus I
know many don't advise using wild-caught food because of the risk of
pesticides, etc. I considered trying those huge mealworms called
"superworms," but my pet store assures me a scorp wouldn't be interested.
Are there any other solutions?
Thanks for any advice.