Scorpions are uncommon pets. They are low-maintenance pets but they have very specific needs and you should be aware of this. You can’t treat them like a cat or a dog or any other pet, because they are not the most sociable of pets. If you are determined to have one as a pet, here are some tips for looking after them.
Where You Can Get One
You’re not likely to find a scorpion at your local pet store and they’re not the kind of pet you would find at a normal animal shelter. So where would you get one? Scorpions can be bought at exotic pet stores and even at specialized animal shelters. You may need to check whether you need a permit or license to keep one.
Know What Type of Scorpion You Want
Make sure that you know what type of scorpion you have. There are quite a few different species of scorpions and you will want to get one that will fit with your lifestyle. Some prefer live in groups, but other species are aggressive and they will attack each other in order to survive. Scorpions can live up to ten years and they can range from several centimeters to several inches in size. There are many different species of scorpions, such as flat rock scorpions, African burrowing scorpions, and emperor scorpions, to name a few.
Know That They Do Not Like to Be Touched
Another thing that you need to remember is that they do not like to be touched. If they feel threatened or provoked, they may sting you. While scorpion stings can be extremely painful, it’s uncommon for them to be fatal. Make sure you research about the kind of scorpion you have so you know the effects of its sting in case you or someone else gets stung.
Know How to Take Care of Stings
If you are stung by a scorpion’s tail, you may feel discomfort and pain that will fade over time, a burning sensation, and numbness and swelling at the site of the sting. Make sure you wash the area of the sting, apply a cold compress, and take an antihistamine and some pain killers or anti-inflammatories.
There are some people who are allergic to scorpion stings. If they experience severe symptoms such as difficulty with breathing or swallowing, seizures, or vomiting, they should see a medical professional immediately.
Know How to Take Care of It
You should learn how to take care of your scorpion by knowing what to feed it, what the temperature and humidity they need, and what kind of environment they like. They must be kept in an aquarium tank with a tight lid so they don’t escape. The more you keep as pets, the larger the tank should be. Most scorpions like to have hiding spaces and some are nocturnal.
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