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Scorpions: Glow in the Dark Pets!

June 2nd, 2009

scorpion-fluorescent-glowWeird as it may seem, these little creatures actually glow in the dark! Scorpions have a fluorescent chemical in their cuticle and will glow when exposed to ultraviolet light (a black light). Now, what other pet comes with that kind of distinctive feature?

That’s impressive, but can you really have a scorpion as a pet? You can and although some people will argue that scorpions are more of a hobby than a pet, they are fast becoming a popular choice for pet owners who are looking for something unique.

Scorpions are related to the spider family and while their sting can be painful, very few scorpions are actually dangerous to humans. However, if you’re normally allergic to bee and wasp stings, then a scorpion may not be the pet for you. Since you can’t ‘de-sting’ a scorpion, you have to obviously exercise some care in their handling. This is one pet that’s not recommended to be let loose in the house, or allowed to freely walk across your shoulders.

With an average life span of three to five years, an adult scorpion will grow to be about two to five inches long. Pet scorpions are inexpensive to buy, easy to feed, and don’t require a lot of maintenance and care. They don’t need much exercise and can be kept quite comfortably in a smaller terrarium, or aquarium. Along with a place to hide, give the scorpion’s habitat some artificial heat and light and you’re all set.

Scorpions go through a moulting process where they shed an outer skeleton that supports and protects its body. During this moulting time, the ‘exoskeleton’ is soft and the scorpion is very susceptible to injury. Centipedes, spiders, crickets, and even other scorpions will make up this pet’s diet. Larger scorpions may feed on small lizards, snakes and even mice.

The one scorpion most often found as a pet comes with a very impressive name: The Imperial Black Emperor, or African Emperor Scorpion. Shiny black and about the size of your palm, this scorpion is quite imposing, yet one of the easiest for a beginner to take care of.

Scorpions are not usually associated with being a good pet, but if you’re looking for one that’s interesting and unique, they make an excellent choice. And always remember that scorpions are exceptional climbers, so make sure you’re aware of where your pet is located when you open the lid of its home.


Roger G. is a freelance writer for Constant Content who has produced a total of 71 articles and 51 sales.


2 Responses to “Scorpions: Glow in the Dark Pets!”

  1. comment number 1 by: harry seenthing

    scorpions……is very scary pets…because very people get die…from his bite

  2. comment number 2 by: cafe dining

    My dad lives out in the country and has a scorpion problem. my sister and i are going to go live there during July and she has a baby.thanks…

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