Caring for Baby Scorpions: Essential Tips for New Owners

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Ever thought of getting a scorpion as a pet? These tiny things are great companions. A real shocker, right? These adaptable, curious little things aren’t as intimidating as you think. Let’s walk you through what it’s like having a baby scorpion and how to care for it. Get ready!

Habitat Setup

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Choosing the Right Enclosure

This is one of the most important parts of caring for your baby scorpion. These little guys are great at escaping, so you need to make sure that their home is secure. Small terrariums or plastic tubs are more than okay. Just get a lid that seals and make some holes.

Whoever said size doesn’t matter lied. A 5-10 gallon tank is more than enough for a baby scorpion. They’ll be able to move around freely and have enough space as they get bigger. 

Substrate

It should mimic the natural setting in which they can dig. Coconut fiber, peat moss, or a sand-soil mixture is ideal for use here as the substrate for the snake plant. Recommendations to allow space for digging and burrowing and more than one, two, or three inches of substrate should be supplied.

Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and humidity must be kept at specific levels for your baby scorpion. As a scorpion owner, you must regulate these conditions. In general, most scorpions are adapted to zones with temperatures that range between 75-85°F or 24-29°C. This can be created when a heat mat is placed on one side of the enclosure to set a temperature differential. 

Light: Some species should be exposed to artificial light while others should not. Proper hydration can be achieved using a small water dish and periodic misting.

Hiding Places

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Scorpions are active at night and protect themselves from the sun’s extreme heat during the day by finding shelter in protected places such as under rocks. Offer several hiding locations and use cork bark, stones, and fake caves as adequate hiding spots. These will also provide necessary hiding spots for your scorpion and minimize stress.

Feeding Your Baby Scorpion

Diet

Live insects are the leading food of choice when feeding baby scorpions. Pinhead crickets, small roaches, and fruit flies are examples of acceptable food types to be given to the scorpions. As they grow, you can start feeding them larger prey at a given time, and this is good, especially when training a young scorpion to hunt. Ensure that the prey is of the correct size or a little smaller than the scorpion, half the size of its body, to avoid getting stabbed by the scorpion’s stinger during feeding.

Feeding Schedule

Newborns, or young scorpions, can usually feed themselves with their food, which should be placed in their burrows at least every 2-3 days. Observe their eating habits and modality and vary the frequency correspondingly. A fresh food source must be given every time. If you see the prey is still moving, remove it because it may cause stress and harm your scorpion.

Hydration

The more significant part of their water supply is derived from their food source, yet the required little must be given as a small water dish. 

Handling Your Baby Scorpion

Minimizing Stress

Handling baby scorpions should be done carefully because they can also become stressed. It must be understood that scorpions are quite frail animals and can easily get injured. But if the scorpion moves a lot or tries to bite, you should use soft-tipped tongs or a paintbrush to direct it.

Safety Precautions

Be careful when dealing with scorpions. Even though baby scorpions do not possess the same potency as their adult counterparts, their sting is also painful. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and using other tools as a precaution against the scorpion while handling it.

Building Trust

Your scorpion may evolve to accept your presence after some time has passed. Daily, brief, calm contact may favor the tamed scorpion’s behavior.

Understanding the Scorpion Tail

Anatomy and Function

A terminal part of a scorpion, known as a metasoma, acts as a stinging organ. It has five divisions. Although the scorpion’s tail is used as an extremity for hunting, defense, and digging, it is not a modified leg or arm but an entire body section that has evolved in favor of high mobility.

Behavior Indicators

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The positioning of the tail and its movement can give indications as to how a scorpion feels. A more upright tail means a frightened or subdued creature, while a loose tail means the scorpion is happy. In turn, observing these cues will assist you in maintaining good rapport with your scorpions and gauging their comfort levels regularly.

Health Indicators

A scorpion’s condition is also considered when checking on the scorpion’s well-being. Potential diseases can affect a scorpion’s tail, causing damage or drooping that shows poor healing and poor health. Always seek the services of a veterinarian with expertise in exotic animals for appropriate examination and care.

Common Challenges and Solutions

Molting

Molting is one of the natural life cycle events that scorpions go through as they wear a new exoskeleton. This is a very vulnerable time for them. Ensure high humidity, and do not touch or move your scorpion during its molting process. Please ensure they can hide in many places to minimize their stress levels.

Pests and Parasites

Mites are likely to invade your scorpion’s home. Clean the surroundings and check for signs of pests periodically. If you see any, remove them and clean the specific locations well. In extreme conditions, seek the services of a vet for the proper remedies.

Escape Prevention

Baby scorpions are small, so they can always squeeze themselves through the cracks. Always ensure there are no cracks in the walls or parts that may be loosely fixed on the enclosure. Make sure to close the container with the lid. You can attach more clips or use some weights to keep them from escaping.

Conclusion

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Prepping for these little things isn’t as challenging as you thought, right? It can be such an exciting and rewarding experience as they have such unique traits and behaviors. 

Owning scorpions isn’t for everyone. Before you take one of them home, do your research and make sure that you are able to give them what they need. Things like their dietary needs, enclosure, and social needs. There is a whole world that is waiting to be explored. Are you ready to dive in?