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Largeclawed Scorpion
(Scorpio maurus)
by Jon Fouskaris

Largeclawed Scorpion
Specimen provided by Jon Fouskaris.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

     The Largeclawed Scorpion is an interesting scorpion species. With its' irregularly large claws, and aggressive attitude, this little species is not your average scorpion! Although Largeclawed Scorpions can be hard to raise in captivity, the effort is worth it. First off, Largeclawed Scorpions should have a few inches of sandy substrate. Also, the tank should be kept more humid than other desert scorpion species, but not damp. Even with those conditions, Largeclawed Scorpions are usually wild-caught and since their history from the wild is unknown, you can't be certain if they will make it or not. The Largeclawed Scorpion is reluctant to sting, but they will pinch you for the smallest provocation. Largeclawed Scorpions make rewarding specimens for the intermediate or advanced keeper.
Range Saharan Africa and most of the Middle East.
Type Burrowing.
Diet Babies eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 75 to 85 F.
Humidity 75 to 80%. Adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Aggressive and nervous.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 3 to 4 inches of sand.
Decor Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places.
Other Names Israeli Gold Scorpion.

*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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