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Asian Forest Scorpions
(Heterometrus species)
by Jon Fouskaris

Asian Forest Scorpion
Specimen found in Malaysia.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       Asian Forest Scorpions are good for the beginner that wants to try something more aggressive than an Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator). Asian Forest Scorpions actually resemble the Emperor Scorpion in coloration, and even shape. These scorpions are dark brown to black, with most species sporting a green or blue tint in certain lighting. They are hardy scorpions, in that way they are similar to Emperor Scorpions. They can be kept in groups of three or more, like Emperor Scorpions, if provided with enough food, but that is not recommended. There are many Heterometrus species that are known as the Asian Forest Scorpion. Don't worry, most of them look similar, and require the same conditions in captivity, so it is safe to put them all in one caresheet. Many times you may notice Asian Forest Scorpions for sale under Heterometrus sp., due to this fact. The specimen photographed to the left is the species Heterometrus spinifer, and was found in rainforest habitat of peninsular Malaysia. Overall, Asian Forest Scorpions are large, attractive, and wonderful scorpions that commonly circulate throughout the hobby.
Range Asian tropical rainforests, from India to Indonesia for the most part.
Type Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, or other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and an occasional pinkie mouse.
Full Grown Size 3.5 to 5 inches.
Growth Medium speed.
Temperature 75 to 90 F.
Humidity 78 to 82%. Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Semi-docile and nervous.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5 to 15-gallon tank, depending on the number of scorpions. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 3 to 4 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor Rocks, logs, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss can be added for floor cover.
Other Names Giant Asian Black Scorpions.

*Please note that ALL scorpions have a certain amount of venom. Although most people are not affected by this species, some people may be allergic to the venom, or just more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation. This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this scorpion. Affects of this scorpions' natural defenses may vary between people. All scorpions should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don't want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!

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