The Asian Forest Scorpion belongs to the Scorpionidae family.
These scorpions are native to Southern Asia.
Size and Longevity :
These scorpions range from 3.5 to 5 inches long, and their average life is 6 to 10 years.
General Description :
The scorpion does well in captivity and is generally very tame. Like most scorpions, Asian Forest Scorpion is nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and come out at night to eat.
Habitat and Cage :
Scorpions do not need much room because of their relatively small size. Asian Forest Scorpion gets along with other scorpions and can be housed together, but it is not recommended to have any more than 3 scorpions in one enclosure. A 2.5 to 20 gallon tank is sufficient housing depending on the amount of scorpions.
Substrate consisting of sand and/or soil is recommended along with a few inches of moist peat moss for humidity control. The terrarium should be set up so that the temperature is between 75°F and 90°F with a humidity of 75 to 80%. Using a low wattage bulb will help maintain the temperature and humidity of the enclosure as well. There should be enough hiding places so that there is at least one for each scorpion in the enclosure (more than one hiding place is recommended). Not providing adequate hiding areas can lead to stress and fights which can cause health problems and a shorter life span.
A wide and shallow water dish is the optimal way to ensure the scorpion has the water it needs. The water should be changed daily to keep it fresh and free of dirt and other toxic things that may build up over time.
Feeding and Handling :
Young scorpions feed off of pinhead (baby) crickets while adults feed off of adult crickets. Scorpions will eat only when they feel hungry. It is a good idea to maintain a 2 to 1 ratio so there is always more food than scorpions in the enclosure. Scorpions will not eat dead insects, so any dead crickets in the enclosure should be discarded.
Handling a scorpion is not recommended without the proper equipment such as foam-covered tweezers, a cup, or some other means of carrying it without being stung. All scorpions are venomous, but in most cases are not deadly. The sting is most often said to be just a little worse than a bee sting.