Scrape Dwelling Scorpion Care Guide

Scrape dwelling scorpions are predominately found throughout the temperate regions of Australia.  The most commonly kept species in captivity are the black rock scorpion from Northern NSW around to SA & the Flinders ranges scorpion from Central West SA.

Housing

Scrape dwelling scorpions are much hardier than burrowing species, and can handle temperatures from 5-35C, but recommended to be kept in the mid to high 20s.
These scorpions rarely leave their scrape and are best housed individually, therefore would do well in an enclosure of 2L minimum.

Recommended substrates: Burrowing mix or cocofibre/peatmoss.

Make sure to provide plenty of flat pieces of bark and stones for your scorpion to burrow beneath.

Health and Cleanliness

Scorpions should be handled with care, a small fall has the potential to do serious damage to them.

Although the Flinders Ranges scorpion seldom stings they and other scrape dwelling scorpion species are capable of a painful sting, however their venom is not very potent and should not cause any issues unless you are anaphylactic.

Spot clean their enclosures and change substrate as needed.
Never allow food to become moldy, even if using a bioactive setup with cleanup crews, as this may cause unwanted problems.

Food & Water

Feed your scorpion crickets or wood roaches, once to twice a week over the warmer months, over winter it is not unusual for them to completely stop eatting, over this period offer food once a month.

Lightly mist the enclosure with water weekly or whenever the surface of the substrate begins to dry out.  Your scorpion will get all of it’s water needs from its food and when misting the enclosure.

Water bowls optional

Breeding

These scorpion species breed readily in captivity.  Provide a flat stone in the females enclosure and introduce the male.  The male may sting the female this is normal.

These scorpions are pregnant for around 18 months and give birth to live scorplings, which will stay on the mothers back for 2-3 months.  When the scorplings start to venture away from the mother separate them from her.

To sex your scorpion, the male will be alot lighter built with longer metasomal segments (tail).  If you flip your scorpion over you can also sex them by the length of the pectine teeth (longer in males) or whether the operculum is split and heart shaped in females or oval shaped in males. 

Both Flinders Ranges scorpions and black rock scorpions may be shipped to all states of Australia excluding Tasmania.  NT an WA require an import permit from their respective government agencies.

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